For many living in war-torn DR Congo, access to fast and effective justice is rare. Local disputes over land, farming or marriage can quickly escalate to wider violence that feeds into complex local conflicts. This leaves people without ways of resolving their conflicts peacefully and can entrench dangerous cycles of violence. Here, FOCHI’s Peace Courts are having a big impact for people on the ground.
David Greybe, a journalist during the apartheid era, writes of how, in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds, Nelson Mandela’s resolute commitment to reconciliation and forgiveness led South Africa to peaceful and negotiated constitutional settlement that prevented the country slipping into civil war.
Sri Lanka’s civil war has left bitter ethnic divisions. For communities desperately in need of reconciliation our Sri Lankan partner, CPBR are bringing together communities who have spent the last 30 years in conflict, by organising inter-faith dialogue groups, inter-community activities and public discussions.
Recent developments have shown the gravity of some of the conflicts that affect the countries in the Sahel. Even in cases where countries are not in outright war, such conflicts can bring violence and destruction, and indeed the risk of wider war. That’s why, over the next two years, Insight on Conflict is expanding to cover local peacebuilders in Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Niger and Nigeria.