Over the past 25 weeks, we've been highlighting snapshots of partnerships during each of Karuna Center’s first 25 years. Today, September 21—International Day of Peace, #PeaceDay2019—people worldwide are focusing on what it takes to create a more peaceful and sustainable future. In that spirit, we’d like to share these photos of people all over the world taking collective, nonviolent, powerful action in the face of the most difficult and painful problems.
By Seth Karamage
“I have always perceived Gahigi as a killer—but I now see him as a human being because of his confession today.”
Karuna Center Peacebuilding Associate Seth Karamage shared these reflections after a meeting of a community Dialogue Club in Bugesera district, where he has been mentoring new dialogue facilitators as part of our Healing Our Communities program in Rwanda. The program is strengthening social cohesion and reconciliation in 16 communities throughout Rwanda, as people continue to cope with the effects of the 1994 Genocide Against the Tutsi.
by Amra Pandžo
A wartime cemetery in Maglaj, the setting of the film we screened.
Amra Pandžo, Karuna Center's Bosnia Country Director, wrote these reflections after a public film screening held as part of Project STaR (Social Transformation and Reconciliation). We recently began this project together with 4 organizations in Bosnia and Herzegovina, with funding from USAID.
Project STaR uses a whole-of-community approach to reconciliation where opposing, wounded identities and narratives run deep. The team is currently opening youth club sites in divided communities; training young people to identify and counteract hate speech; and bringing religious leaders together to help communities address the ongoing effects of the Bosnian War.
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