Paz e coesão social através da construção da confiança e reconciliação em meio às divisões
IofC works for peace and social cohesion by building trust and reconciliation across divides
Tuesday, 16 April, 2013
Community leaders in Baringo

Pokot, Ilchamus, Tugen and Turkana communities came together over two days in March in Baringo, Kenya seeking the means to finding lasting peace. Joseph Karanja reports.

Wednesday, 03 April, 2013
South Sudan

President Salva Kiir of South Sudan spoke in a Catholic church in Juba on Easter Friday ‘calling upon the troubled young nation to join hands to strengthen communal harmony and brotherhood’.

Tuesday, 02 April, 2013
Creators of Peace Circle in South Sudan participants

The first Creators of Peace Circle in South Sudan ran in Juba over three days in March. The very interactive, wide ranging conversation and the very deep and painful sharing gave lie to those who said the women of South Sudan would find it hard to open up, too traumatised to share.

Tuesday, 26 March, 2013
Villagers in Walgak, western Akobo County

On Saturday, March 23, updates were made to the Journey of Healing for National Reconciliation in South Sudan, including the rescheduling of the launch event.

Thursday, 14 March, 2013
The beautiful paradise island of Barbados with its Sun, Sea and Sand - but even in 'paradise’ women and girls need to find their own peace potential.

The beautiful paradise island of Barbados with its Sun, Sea and Sand - but even in 'paradise’ women and girls need to find their own peace potential. Monica Ellis lives part of the year in Barbados and London, and is a member of the UK Creators of Peace team.

Monday, 11 March, 2013
(left to right) Mildred Uda-Lede (speaker), Lothy Bouwe-Day (chair of the event), Valika Smeulders (speaker)

1 July 2013 marks 150 years since the Netherlands abolished slavery in her colonies. As far as Initiatives of Change is concerned, this year should not only be a year of remembrance, but also of reflection about what slavery has meant/done in the past and still does to people here and now. A discussion evening was held at its centre in The Hague on ‘Remembering slavery – what for?’

Monday, 11 March, 2013
Madame Angelina Teny (left) marches with Madame Rebecca Nyandeng De Mabior (centre in blue), Presidential advisor and widow of the late leader, John Garang, March 8 2013

‘A Second Liberation Struggle’ – Second Lady of the Republic of South Sudan, Madame Angelina Teny, urges women to engage and tell a new story on International Womens’ Day.

Sunday, 03 March, 2013

Ukrainian Insurgent Army soldiers: heroes or enemies? 9 May – Victory Day or Mourning Day? Was the Great Patriotic War indeed ‘patriotic’ for all Ukrainian territories? These answers are hard to answer even for an experienced historian because the cornerstone of this history is composed of prejudice and insults, which we have inherited through generations. If now the screenplay of a fratricidal war seems impossible in Ukraine, two generations ago every family suffered losses from such a war. So does a state with such controversial history have any chance to become one whole, or…?

Friday, 01 March, 2013
Angelina Teny, chair IofC South Sudan, briefs State coordinators

The challenge is clear; Initiatives of Change has been commissioned by the Vice President of South Sudan to train 200 South Sudanese Peace and Reconciliation Mobilizers. It is truly an exciting opportunity to bring together participants from across the 10 states of South Sudan to work together on this Journey of Healing for National Reconciliation.

Wednesday, 27 February, 2013
Handing over of flags from Louis-Coordinator of Rwanda Forum to Mark- Coordinator for next forum in Burundi

Curtains closed at the Third Eastern Africa Youth Forum (EAYF) on Saturday 23 February 2013 with a rallying call for the youth to be ambassadors of morality. The five day conference shared great success lessons from Rwanda sparking hope among the young people who attended it. The forum brought together over 90 youths from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan and South Sudan as well as friends of goodwill from South Africa, Congo, Australia and Germany. The forum opened on Tuesday 19 February and ran for five days. The theme for the forum was ‘Moral Values: The Key to a Brighter Future.’