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Author: Charlotte Fraser

7 reasons to believe in peace

These seven stories are just some of the many reasons why we continue to strive for peace – built brick by brick from the ground up. As 2016 draws to a close, we want to thank you for your continued support to all those fighting for peace in some of the most fragile places in the world.

Challenging the Taliban, one person at a time: Jalal’s* story

My name is Jalal* and I live in north-west Pakistan. It is known as a hotbed of militancy and extremism, where militants run the streets and bombs destroy lives. When the Taliban began taking over our area, I didn’t know what to do. One by one, I lost most of my friends to the Taliban. They were used to carry out suicide attacks in neighbouring Afghanistan and Waziristan, just across the border from Pakistan.

2016 Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders shortlist announced

The shortlist for Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders, our annual awards that celebrate the world’s most innovative locally-led peacebuilders, has been finalised – leaving 13 of the 244 applicants to pass through to the next stage of the competition. Three winners will be announced at a ceremony in December and will each receive $10,000 towards their project.

Fight or flight? The difficulties young people face in Somalia

Against a backdrop of bomb blasts by militant group al-Shabaab, 116 young people in Somalia recently overcame a past torn apart by conflict and clan violence, and now have the opportunity to build a better future for themselves and their communities.

From a militia group to peacebuilding: the radical shift of one young Burundian

As a child Benjamin lost his family in the Burundian civil war. He grew up with anger and hatred, and at 12 years old joined a rebellion as a child soldier. At the beginning of this year, Benjamin attended a local campaign promoting tolerance and reconciliation. He sat in a room with those he called enemies, something he never thought possible. Now Benjamin wants to work to make Burundi a peaceful country, with opportunities for young people to thrive.

International Peace Day 2016: our campaign launches

In a time when divisions, violence and attacks are increasingly making international headlines, we must continue to work for peace, and make it a practical priority. In the countdown to International Day of Peace on 21 September, share your #messageofhope and be part of a global movement for peace and justice.

Heartbeat live in London: an inspiring night of music and peace

On Wednesday 3 August, a group of inspiring Israeli and Palestinian musicians took the stage in Cecile Sharp House for an uplifting and inspiring evening of music, promoting their message of peace and equality through compelling lyrics and energetic sounds.