Stories

Greg Funnell

Stories of hope and progress from our work supporting local people to stop war and build peace, one person at a time.

Kakule’s Story

This is Kakule Wassi’s story. Kakule had the choice to join a local militia group, before being given the opportunity to get involved in vocational training run by our local partner Centre Résolution Conflits. Now, he feels well accepted and valued in the community.

Rebuilding a life: Fatima’s story

After violence in her hometown of Marawi, Fatima was forced to flee her home, was separated from her children, and faced an uncertain future. We work with local organisation in the Philippines, Kapamagogopa Incorporated (KI), who set up a camp for those, like Fatima, displaced from Marawi. Away from the fear of violence, she works in the camp garden, and hopes to send her children back to school.

We gave birth to peace: Khadija’s Story

Khadija was born in Kismayo, Somalia. Her experience of the Somali civil war helps us to understand the instrumental role played by women in constructing, sustaining, and most importantly resolving conflict. She shares how she has swapped her spot on the battlefield for one at the table of peace.

Sewing the fabric of peace in Nigeria: Deborah’s story

In the city of Kano in northern Nigeria, an area regularly affected by violent conflict, skills training workshops offer young people a better future. We support our local partner, Peace Initiative Network (PIN), to give young people a pathway to peace.

Kaushalya’s story: “I now have a network I can rely on”

Kaushayla’s husband disappeared during the 25-year civil war in Sri Lanka. To this day he has not returned. But through a network of women all similarly affected by the war, Kaushayla has found a network of people she can connect with. Now she helps run local projects supporting women to run their own small businesses.

Nearly married to a leader of Al-Shabaab: Sahra’s story

Sahra dreamed of an education and a peaceful life from a very young age. But when her father wanted her to marry a militant fighter her dreams were shattered. Faced with no other option, she ran away to a new city. But there her life changed. Now Sahra runs her a small tailoring business with three girls she met on a skills training course. And she is free to plan her own future, away from violence and fighting.

Stopping a suicide attack: Badar’s story

Badar* stopped a 15-year-old boy from carrying out a suicide attack after attending training run by our local partner in Pakistan. It saved the boy’s life, and countless others.