Even as I leave Peace Direct, I will always be a part of the Peace Direct family and I hope that family one day becomes a movement, a truly globalised movement that links the east and the west, the north and the south; linking people together who believe the same thing – that if we all start to see peace as possible, it will be.
Conflict is affecting resources and increasing economic pressure on the Habila community in the state of South Kordofan, Sudan. Accepted practices are being broken which increases the likelihood of tension escalating to violence. But a violent response to increasing economic pressures and social tensions is not inevitable, as the Badya Centre for Integrated Development, a local peacebuilding organisation from South Kordofan, is well aware.
Despite a year of war, violence and tumultuous conflict, the work of our partners gives me confidence, hope and inspiration that local people can stop war and build peace, even in the world’s most fragile places. As 2016 draws to a close Chief Executive, Dylan Mathews, shares some of the years’s highlights.