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Friday, April 24th, 2009

Steps Toward Democracy

Now that I’ve been here a while, perhaps some readers are beginning to wonder what I have to show for my time here.  Well, for starters, I wrote a successful proposal for $9,000 to do a goat sharing project to encourage cross-ethnic reconciliation (based on our previous work with such projects, such as I described [...]

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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, 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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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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