“We are one people” – Muslims and Christians in Bangui at peace amidst war

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.

A look back - The Accord series on addressing the legacies of violence

Making peace with the past: transforming broken relationships
Sep 2016

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

Effective local action: from early warning to peacebuilding

Feb 2016
Final publication from the Capacities for Peace Project. Effective local action: from early warning to peacebuilding

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.

The Voice of Peace: grassroots news and views from East and Central Africa - July-Oct 2015

Nov 2015

This issue of The Voice of Peace brings you new stories and opinion from civil society working in conflict hit areas of East and Central Africa. We hope it is informative and inspiring.

The Voice of Peace: grassroots news and views from East and Central Africa - Apr-Jun 2015

Jun 2015

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.

Voice of Peace: LRA conflict news - Jun - Sept 2012

Sep 2012
News and views from areas affected by the Lord’s Resistance Army in Central African Republic (CAR), Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), South Sudan and Uganda, June - September 2012 edition.

Q&A Ongwen on trial: Will justice be served for LRA victims?

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 Voice of Peace: Grassroots news and opinions on the LRA conflict - October-December 2014

Feb 2015

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.

Box 2 - Conversation with former LRA Commander Captain Ray Apire

In the midst of violence: local engagement with armed groups
May 2015

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

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.