It has been an incredible year for Henri and his organisation Céntre Resolution Conflit (CRC). Henri has set up three Task Forces across North Kivu, creating a network of police, militia, army, civic and community leaders, all of whom are united in their struggle for peace. The Task Forces have mediated in disputes across the district, stopping violent outbreaks and have worked to bring rebel soldiers out of combat and back into their communities.
CRC has also focused on peace education, working with schools and local communities. Henri uses radio to reach militia groups and his connections and networks to organise meetings in schools, church groups and communities. These are just some of the highlights from this year.
When the town of Lubero was attacked by the FDLR, local people began to question the humanitarian organisations. Whilst the FDLR had surrounded the town and trapped villagers, the humanitarian staff were able to move freely between rebel lines. FDLR would not attack because of fear of international repercussions, and villagers were angered by this inequality, some began to react with violence . Negotiation sessions were being held but civic society leaders held separate meetings from those organised by the humanitarian organisations. Henri was able to use funds from the Peace Direct Champions scheme to host a meeting in which all parties came, and reach a shared understanding of the situation.
These are just some of Henri’s amazing achievements. 2010 will see the reach of the Task Forces expanding with the aim of stopping violent conflict and building a culture of peace in a country ravaged by war.