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
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
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
Want to support local people building peace around the world? Want to make a real difference in a way that works for you? Want to lead the way in your university or place of study when it comes to peacebuilding? Yes? Then become a Peace Direct Student Ambassador today! In war zones around the world, … Continued
“Calming”, “hopeful”, and “at peace with himself”. These are just some of the messages we have received in tribute to our partner and friend, Abdullahi Isse, who tragically lost his life on Friday 12th July when a hotel in Kismayo, Somalia, was attacked by Al Shabaab. Our thoughts have remained with Isse, and all those … Continued
Are you a local peacebuilder? We are pleased to be supporting the German non-profit organisation For Peace / Love for Life, who are building an initiative called For Peace to promote the establishment of a Federal Ministry for Peace in Germany (similar to a cabinet level Department of Peacebuilding) and a UN Resolution calling for the … Continued
In eastern Congo, we support our partners to rebuild trust, understanding and community life throughout areas affected by conflict. Working with Centre Résolution Conflits (CRC), Fondation Chirezi (FOCHI) and the Beni Peace Forum (BPF), here are seven ways we are helping those affected by war to rebuild their communities and become more resilient to violence and instability.
“This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.” -Leonard Bernstein Music and the Performing Arts have the power to heal. We are excited to announce that Peace Direct is partnering with Bluegrass Ambassadors to co-sponsor Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders Award for Music and the Performing Arts. Tomorrow’s … Continued