Nepal is struggling towards peace after ten years of civil war. Political riots and manipulation are still commonplace, and as people begin to rebuild their lives there is a need for adequate compensation and justice for the victims of conflict, so that calls for vengance do not threaten a fragile future.
The government provides compensation to victims of conflict, but the complexity of the political situation means that often government officials will only process the claims of people who belong to their party – breeding further hurt and anger. Local organisation YAPE, ran by peacebuilders Bhoraj and Kishor, aims to counteract this – by acting as a non-biased intermediary which can use its networks to apply pressure and ensure compensation is granted to those who deserve it.
In celebration of Nepalese new year, Bhoraj and Kishor organised a mass rally for peace in the centre of Kavre town. People flocked to the rally – men, women and children from all sectors of society. It was a clear indication of the desire for change in society.
Following the rally, Bhoraj and Kishor held an open meeting for conflict victims in their office, to discuss how they might be able to help people secure compensation. Their office was filled with people, and many more stood outside, craning to enter the room. By coming to YAPE, these people who have been through so much are engaging in peaceful dialogue instead of returning to violence.
In 2010 Bhoraj and his colleagues resolved 14 violent conflicts – ranging from fullscale street riots to attacks on schools. This year they have set up a hotline for peace – a free phoneline that means they can be contacted at any time.
You can support Bhoraj and his colleague to continue the work that they do – so they are always on hand in times of crisis. Make a donation today and help to break the cycle of violence.