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Friday, November 21st, 2008

Planting Seeds of Solidarity

Some of my passions that tend to fall by the wayside in my work are for environmentmental stewardship, addressing global warming, and organic food.  But over the past few months Adrien, Désiré and I have been putting together a program to incorporate these along with our peace work all in one project.
The idea is rooted [...]

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Friday, November 7th, 2008

For John McKendy

 
John McKendy, a regular reader of this blog and friend of mine, was killed on October 31, allegedly by his daughter’s estranged ex-husband.  John had come to Burundi the last two summers as a workcamper with the African Great Lakes Initiative (AGLI), and in particular helped to build the clinic for the Friends Women’s Association.  [...]

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Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

Travels in Kenya, Uganda

 
So it has been a while since my last post, first of all because of a month of traveling during which time I didn’t have internet, and then due to the flu which kept me rather occupied (sleeping) for the past week.
The first week of my travels was to the Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) [...]

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Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

Peeling tomatoes

Well it’s been almost a month since I last wrote, which is perhaps a sort of unplanned summer vacation from blogville.  But I haven’t been just sitting around watching the Jacaranda trees bloom.  I’ve been working on grants of course, and also did some writing and interviews for AGLI’s newsletter Peaceways, which this quarter focuses on Burundi [...]

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Thursday, August 14th, 2008

Jérome’s Story

Over the past month I have listened to the stories of more than 50 people in Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and here in Burundi. They were people who had lived through conflict and had participated in trauma healing and reconcilaition workshops as part of our “Healing and Rebuilding our Communities (HROC) Program. [...]

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Thursday, August 7th, 2008

Not Development, Transformation

In my recent travels, I had the chance to learn more about the work of AGLI as well as other organizations involved in peace and development work. It also gave me a chance to reflect on the 11 weeks that I have spent so far in Africa. That is just a short time of course, [...]

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Friday, August 1st, 2008

“We can be denied everything else, but we need peace.”

I just wanted to share a few more themes that cropped up in my interviews with HROC participants in DRC that I found instructive.
In the Mugungu I IDP camp, I sat with a group of HROC participants in a room made of plastic tarp. As we talked, gravel made from lava crunched underfoot [...]

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Monday, July 28th, 2008

Trauma and Healing in the Congo

So after more travels than I expected (with a surprise trip around Burundi tacked on to my original plan) I am now back in Bujumbura, with computer access which means I will hopefully be able to a little more editing than my last post (sorry!) as well as include some pictures (top to bottom: [...]

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Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

Conflict in Rwanda/ North Kivu

So the past week has been quite busy, as I traveled to Gisenyi in northwest Rwanda then across the Rwanda/DRC border to Goma, from where I visited two internally-displaced persons (IDP) camps and the town of Sake. (For a map of the area, as well as an interesting article about gorillas and charcoal, see [...]

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Saturday, July 12th, 2008

Report from Kigali

I’m writing from an internet cafe outside Kigali, where the midi music is blasting, and I only have time for a quick update. Next week I will be headed to Gisenyi in northwest Rwanda and then across the border to Goma in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
I took the bus up from Bujumbura [...]

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