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Essential work in Burundi and DR Congo supported by UK Aid

We are delighted to have been awarded a Jo Cox Memorial Grant, made available by the Department for International Development in memory and respect to Jo Cox, who dedicated her career to standing up for justice. The award will help us to continue supporting our local peacebuilding partners operating in Burundi and in the Beni territory of eastern DR Congo; areas that receive little international attention or support, yet where local peacebuilding work is innovative, courageous and impactful.  

Patience’s story

This is the story of Patience, told in her own words. In bravely telling her story, we are reminded of the realities facing women in areas of conflict, but also of the resilience and strength to rebuild their lives. The women that, with the right support, find new opportunities to leave a life of violence behind.

The Challenges of War: Finding Freedom

When he was just ten years old, Lembaka’s father was shot and killed by an armed group. Hungry for revenge and fuelled by anger, he joined a rival group – leaving his family behind. Lembaka spent eight years in the bush; his family came to believe that he too had been killed. But, after years … Continued

Peace Direct responds to the recent military actions between the U.S. and Iran

Updated on Jan. 10: Peace Direct remains deeply troubled by the recent retaliatory attacks between the U.S. and Iran and persistent militarized tensions between the countries. We are relieved that both the U.S. and Iran appear to be pulling back from the brink of war and taking steps to immediately de-escalate the conflict.

Statement concerning a possible merger of the Department for International Development and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

The following is a joint statement from Saferworld, Conciliation Resources, International Alert and Peace Direct. Reports have emerged stating that the UK government is considering scrapping the independent Department for International Development (DFID), merging its function with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and abolishing its Secretary of State. This short-sighted move raises grave concerns about … Continued

Pathways to Peace in Yemen

Peace Direct, Search for Common Ground and Mercy Corps present “Pathways to Peace”, an art exhibit showing the face of conflict and hope in Yemen.

Our local partners respond to violence in Béni

We are increasingly concerned with the surge in violence in Béni, in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in recent days. We have been in touch with our local partners in Béni, who have shared their response to the violence. They underlined how the state must understand how the local population has … Continued

#GivingTuesday 2019

This season of giving, make a lasting difference to someone like Lembaka.   When Lembaka was just 10 years old, his father was shot and killed by an armed group. Hungry for revenge and fueled by anger, he joined a rival group – leaving his family behind. Lembaka (name changed for privacy) spent eight years … Continued