Adrien Niyongabo, Coordinator of Healing and Rebuilding our Communities (HROC) in Burundi. (Source: Adrien Niyongabo)
This June, QUNO was pleased to host a visit from Adrien Niyongabo, Coordinator of Healing and Rebuilding our Communities (HROC) in Burundi. HROC emerged from Alternatives to Violence, a conflict resolution program developed by Quakers and prisoners in the United States and Canada. Quakers in Burundi, recognizing the need for reconciliation and healing between Hutu and Tutsi communities, have been conducting three-day HROC workshops to help participants cope with trauma and restore relationships.
QUNO Representative Camilla Campisi with members of the Kibimba Peace Committee in Burundi (credit: QUNO)
Peacebuilding policy and practice continues to evolve at the UN, and while support for national ownership and building local capacity are frequently highlighted, UN peacebuilding often takes a top down, rather than a bottom up, approach. QUNO continued to engage with the UN work in Burundi, contributing to discussions on peacebuilding and transitional justice. We worked with Chinese academics to explore the UN’s approach to peacebuilding and peacekeeping, including jointly hosting delegation visits to the African Great Lakes region and to New York.
Hemos trabajado incansablemente para llevar a los procesos internacionales los puntos de vista de los cuáqueros, enfocándonos en las áreas de consolidación de la paz, prevención de conflictos armados, derechos humanos y refugiados, y justicia económica global.
Nous avons sans cesse déployé nos efforts afin de faire part des points de vue des Quakers dans les processus internationaux, en ciblant notre action sur les domaines de la consolidation de la paix, de la prévention des conflits armés, des droits humains et des droits des réfugiés, ainsi que de la justice économique mondiale.
A Ugandan soldier serving with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) carries water through the grounds of Mogadishu University. AMISOM forces captured the strategically important university following a major joint offensive against Al Shabaab. (23 January 2012, Mogadishu, Somalia. Source: UN News & Media)
A delegation from the Life & Peace Institute, Nairobi, and the Kroc Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame traveled to Washington, DC, and New York in March to present a recent joint publication, Somalia: Creating Space for Fresh Approaches to Peacebuilding. QUNO was delighted to host their visit in New York. Over the course of two days, Quaker House provided a welcoming venue for our visitors to share their publication with UN colleagues and offer fresh perspectives and alternative approaches to conflict resolution in Somalia.
Joshua Saleem, AFSC Peace Education Program Director in St. Louis, center, visits with youth involved with AFSC's youth work in Los Angeles.
At-risk youth will take a critical look at their community's needs through a new program in St. Louis, which starts its work this fall. Joshua Saleem, director of the new program, says the future of the city lies with these youth: "AFSC's role is to empower them to do the hard work of making their immediate circle one of peace, and then extending that circle to their neighborhoods and schools so that there's a community of peace there as well."
AFSC's Joshua Saleem, center, visits with students involved with AFSC’s Peace Education Program in Los Angeles.
Joshua Saleem began work with AFSC this spring to create a peace education program in St. Louis modeled after similar AFSC work with youth in Los Angeles and elsewhere. In this interview with regional staffer Jon Krieg, Joshua shares what he’s learned, his vision for AFSC’s work in St. Louis, and why he’s involved.
Ira Harritt, AFSC Kansas City Program Coordinator, shows his hand at Visions of Peace at the Crossroads, a peace / arts festival held in the Crossroads Arts District in Kansas City on June 1. For more photos from the festival, please click here.
From left, Chet Guinn, Sue Dinsdale and scultptor Ron Dinsdale stand by "Path of Peace," a ten-ton limestone sculpture depicting three entwined doves. For more photos of the installation, click here.
Des Moines has a new sculpture dedicated to peace and peacemakers, thanks to Iowa artist Ron Dinsdale, a group of dedicated activists, and officials with the Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC). The ten-ton limestone portrayal of three doves, named “Path of Peace,” was installed on May 10, 2012 near Interstate 235 just south of DMACC’s Urban Campus.
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