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What are you doing to build peace?

This blog was written by Valentina, one of our 2020 Peace Direct Programmes interns. She shares the experiences that led her to peacebuilding, and why she believes that peace can be built when power shifts.

Kites not shells: Amal’s story

During a siege in Eastern Ghouta, Syria, bombs blasted, the sounds of shelling filled the air, and cries were heard. Amal’s three children were scared. She did what she could to protect them – trying to distract them from the conflict going on around them with games and toys.

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On our screens and in our papers, we hear stories about brutal conflicts tearing lives apart. The stories that don’t make the headlines, however, are those of the courageous people building safer futures for those around them. People like Gulalai.

Bipartisan bill would strengthen U.S. support of young peacebuilders

The world’s youth population tops 1.8 billion, and many of those young people are living with violent conflict. Youth populations have long led grassroots efforts for peace and justice, yet they remain underrepresented in policy decisions. This legislation seeks to address the problem.

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

2019: A year in peacebuilding

Looking back at 2019, I am continually impressed by the courage, commitment, and resilience of our partners and thousands of local peacebuilders around the world. As war and violence raged in many places, local people on the frontlines of conflict have saved lives, interrupted cycles of violence, and strengthened the foundations for lasting peace in their societies.

Overall in 2019, Peace Direct supported local peacebuilders in 12 countries to stop violent conflict. Our partners set up local Peace Courts in the Democratic Republic of Congo, helped children traumatized by Syria’s war and trained Filipino women in conflict resolution, among many other projects.

As the end of the year approaches, we take a moment to look back at some of the key moments in our work and the lives of our partners.

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.

The Challenges of War: A Peace Direct comic book

This comic tells the stories of Ayaan and Abdi, ordinary Somalis whose lives have been affected by the war. They have shown remarkable resilience, bravery and determination in their efforts to build a safe and secure life for themselves and their families. Ayaan was just six years old when the Somali Civil War started. With … Continued