Conciliation Resources has launched professionally translated websites in French, Russian and Spanish, in an effort to inform more people about conflicts affecting hundreds of thousands of individuals.
In what ways can national and regional governments have a positive impact on the Lord’s Resistance Army conflict? At a recent two-day workshop in Bangui, the Regional Civil Society Task Force discussed what is effective, before sharing their recommendations at meetings with the Prime Minister of CAR and international diplomats.
Conciliation Resources congratulates our long-term partner Archbishop John Baptist Odama of Gulu as he receives the Peacemaker Prize 2012 from World Vision International. The award is in recognition of his dedicated efforts to work for peace in northern Uganda.
Since 2000, the Amnesty Act has been one of the crucial tools employed by the Ugandan Government to end the conflict with the LRA. More than 12,000 former abductees have benefited from Amnesty and abandoned rebellion. The government has now allowed the Act to lapse. In light of this development, 19 organisations met recently in Uganda to discuss the implications this has for regional peace efforts.
The Lord's Resistance Army conflict has not been far from the international media spotlight in recent months. There seems no shortage of opinions about how to bring Joseph Kony's 25-year terror campaign to a close. But what of the people who are affected by ongoing violence from all sides in the conflict? Find out how we're working with women in East and Central Africa to help them build trust within and between communities. Together, we can find peaceful alternatives to violence.
We've been working with peacebuilding partner Saferworld on an 18-month project to bring the opinions of local people in conflict-affected communities to the attention of national and international policymakers. Now, together in Brussels, we're presenting the lessons learnt from all 18 national and regional conflict analyses. Find out more about the project and watch a short film that explains why the voices of people most affected by conflict must be heard when policy and programming decisions are being considered.
The Kony 2012 viral campaign has caused a media storm. It’s been successful in bringing the LRA conflict to the attention of an audience who hadn't previously heard of Joseph Kony or the violence that's been terrorising people in East and Central Africa for decades. But we urge that there can be no purely military solution to this problem. There must be a political solution that promotes civilian security. Find out how we’re helping communities cope with the conflict and build peace.
Building peace takes time but we make commitments to support our partners for the long-term. In countries affected by the Lord's Resistance Army conflict, we've recently taken part in workshops focusing on strategies to deal with land disputes arising out of the violence, and are supporting women in discussions about how to cope with the conflict. We're there for as long as we're needed to provide advice, support and practical resources.
The conflict with the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) continues to cause destruction, displacement, death and distress for civilians and communities across four countries in central Africa. The policy brief resulting from the People’s Peacemaking Perspectives project research highlights an overwhelming desire among affected communities for a peacemaking solution based on civilian protection and engagement with the LRA.
Women from grassroots organisations across three countries affected by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) have participated in a Conciliation Resources visit to formerly LRA-affected parts of northern Uganda. The women – from the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan and Central African Republic – visited a rehabilitation centre for former abductees and the home village of the rebel leader, Joseph Kony.