IofC works for peace and social cohesion by building trust and reconciliation across divides

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Happy faces of participants

Miftahul Huda and his wife Nenden and their young son Damai recently returned from a Trust Building Camp in Jaya Pura Papua, which had provided a safe space for young Muslims and Christians to get to know each other.

The ladies were excited to receive their certificates

On 18 August Creators of Peace Circle facilitators, Angie Katito and Adelaide Mhunduru, conducted follow up sessions for two Peace Circles held in Mkoba suburbs.

Baringo reconciliation

As Mary, with 25 other Pokot women standing with her, asked for forgiveness for the pain that her tribe had inflicted on other tribes in Kenya, there was a deep silence in the room. Many women from the Pokot, Illchamus, Endorois and Tugens communities couldn’t hold back their tears. You could tell the apology was coming from the heart. You could also tell that it was breaking the chains of hatred and bitterness in the hearts of many women in the room.

Imam Muhammad Ashafa and Pastor James Wuye in conversation with Rev Mark Hanson

Imam Dr Muhammad Ashafa and Pastor Dr James Wuye, of the Interfaith Mediation Centre in Nigeria, together with Dr Alan Channer of IofC’s FLTfilms, were speakers at the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize Forum in Minneapolis, USA.

Geneva Peace Week

The Geneva team of Initiatives of Change (IofC) took an active role in the Geneva Peace Week (17-21 November). Rainer Gude, Chargé de Mission of Initiatives of Change International, participated in a workshop on Broadening Peace Processes where he was able to share IofC’s worldwide experience in working for peace locally.

Formerly a Christian militia leader in Lebanon's civil war, Assaad Chaftari now works for reconciliation in his country.

Assaad Chaftari, who during Lebanon’s civil war fought as part of a Christian militia, was interviewed on 10 November by 'Insight on Conflict'. With the strapline 'A religious fanatic turned peace advocate', the article describes Assad's 'wake up call', when he met Initiatives of Change in 1988. 'Little by little, he started wondering, was he really on the side of God? Only then he realized he had a bloody path and past.'