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Saturday, July 4th, 2009

Goats for Peace

Just a quick note, since things here are a bit overwhelming as I try to fit in everything before I head back to the US to start an M.A. in Peace Studies at the Kroc Institute at Notre Dame this fall. I plan to be back here in Burundi next summer though, and I’ll keep [...]

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Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

Smile and Wave

This past week I traveled first up to central Burundi on Monday and Tuesday to work on the goat project, including to Ruyigi province in the northeast, which I have never been to before. Then for five days I traveled the other side of Lake Kivu, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, to [...]

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Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

Harvest

Tune by body and my brain
to the music from the land.
- Dave Mallett
It was back in November that our gardening youth group began clearing an overgrown plot of unused land, strewn with popsicle sticks and fading wrappers.
At the time, some were cynical, thinking that we should just plant ilengalenga, a quick growing leafy green that [...]

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Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

Trauma Healing as Community Building

Today I’m writing from Kigali, Rwanda, where for the past 9 days I have been at a training for Burundians, Rwandans, and Congolese to become facilitators of Healing and Rebuilding Our Communities (HROC) workshops.
At the same time, I’ve been reading Rethinking the Trauma of War, a book critical of programs that intervene in post-conflict situations [...]

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Sunday, December 14th, 2008

Trauma Healing in Rurengera

This week I was upcountry in Rurengera for an advanced HROC workshop.  The three day advanced workshop is for those who have already attended the basic workshop, and goes into greater depth on the topics of trauma healing and reconciliation.
The workshop was somewhat dark – taking place in the crumbling remains of an old Friends [...]

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Thursday, November 27th, 2008

Thanksgiving in Burundi

Like a number of people from the US, Thanksgiving is probably my favorite holidy, since it is focused around being together with family and giving thanks, with little material focus, except for on food of course.
And at least according to the mythology of Thanksgiving, it was from the start a multicultural event, so while [...]

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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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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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Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

Whither development?

As I sit here typing on my computer in the office of AGLI, with the window open beside me, I can hear cars driving in the street, occasional honking, birds chirping, someone using an electric drill, and someone clicking away at a typewriter. On the balcony across the street from me, a man is talking [...]

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