Sunday, October 27, 2013 - 11:30am

Healing and Reconciliation in Rwanda, Burundi, eastern Congo, and Kenya

Presentation by David Zarembka, coordinator, African Great Lakes Initiative of the Friends Peace Teams

Are revenge, hatred, and another round of violence the only possibilities after deadly conflict? Can healing and reconciliation between enemies occur? This talk will describe how the Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) is used to bring all sides of a conflict back together. From the AVP program the Rwandans and Burundians have developed another program, Healing and Rebuilding Our Communities (HROC), to deal specifically with personal and community trauma. This program, together with listening workshops, mediation, inter-community dialogue will also be described. What are the difficulties? How successful are they? Can they be used elsewhere? These programs are all supported by the African Great Lakes Initiative of the Friends Peace Teams.

Short Biography

David Zarembka graduated with a Bachelors Degree cum laude in African History from Harvard University and obtained a Masters degree in International and Development Education from the University of Pittsburgh. He has forty-nine years of involvement in the Great Lakes region as he first worked in the area in 1964 when he taught Rwandan refugees in now Tanzania. Since 1998, he has been the Coordinator of the African Great Lakes Initiative of the Friends Peace Teams, a Quaker organization that promotes peacemaking activities with groups in the region. He lives in western Kenya with his wife Gladys Kamonya.

For more information contact Carol Spaulding-Kruse at kruses@mac.com.