A grassroots community initiative in the Central African Republic is rejecting violence and bringing Christians and Muslims together in favour of peace. Nyeko Caesar Poblicks, recently returned from the capital Bangui, explains more.
Making peace with the past: transforming broken relationships
Previous issues of the Accord series have documented reconciliation in peace processes. 'A look back' provides summaries of articles highlighting some of the synergies and tensions between official and unofficial efforts to address legacies of violence. Full articles are available on the Conciliation Resources website: www.c-r.org/accord
This report captures the main experiences and findings of the Capacities for Peace project. Implemented by Conciliation Resources and Saferworld, the project worked with local actors to enhance the effectiveness of early warning and early action in 32 conflict-affected countries.
This issue of the Voice of Peace highlights the vital role that civil society organisations are playing in conflict affected areas to address the causes and effects of violence. From South Sudan and Central African Republic (CAR) we hear how local groups are leading diverse initiatives to reconcile people previously abducted by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) with host communities. In South Sudan, traditional Azande ceremonies bring people together. In CAR tailoring classes help returnees find their place.
Ongwen is the first member of the LRA to appear before the International Criminal Court. Conciliation Resources' partners from areas affected by the LRA across East and Central Africa give their verdict on whether they think justice will be served.
The year has begun with the news of Dominic Ongwen’s surrender. This is a major step towards the end of the notorious Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). However, the region is still facing grave security and political challenges, including the still active LRA. This edition of Voice of Peace exposes the troubling reality of the region.
In the midst of violence: local engagement with armed groups
In this interview, Captain Apire reflects on how the Acholi Religious Leaders’ Peace Initiative (ARLPI) was perceived by the LRA. The interview was conducted by James Latigo in Acholi and translated into English.
Captain Ray Apire was abducted by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in 1993 from his home village of Lamola in Kitgum district, northern Uganda. He served as the LRA’s Chief Catechist (faith teacher) until he surrendered to the Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) in 2004. Since then he has counselled new LRA returnees at the UPDF Child Protection Unit in Gulu.