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STRUGGLE FOR PEACE GOES ON

News Letter No. 92

AHI News Letter

August 2013

No. 92

 

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Table of Contents

- From your Editor

 Focus Articles: AHI’s Peace Creator Seminar

- Introduction, S. UI, Japan
- Peace Creators Accounts on Peace Struggle, M. Berkowitz, Japan
- Bridging Leadership for Human Security, L. Suacito, Philippines
- Grassroots Peacebuilding, K. Kep, Cambodia
- Is Your Village Peaceful?, S. UI, Japan

  Flash Articles

- Equality, Women, M. Princy, Sri Lanka

  HERE and THERE

- Healthy Lifestyle, J. Quinanahan, Philippines
- AHI Alumni Reunion, Nirmala K.C., Nepal
- Study Tour, Y. Tsuchiya, Japan

  News From Friends

  Reunion in India, Call for Articles

 

AHI’s Peace Creators Seminar in Nagoya City, Japan

Intorduction: Ms. Shiori UI, AHI

 

Mr. momoy Cohombo, Mr. Ya Bean, Ms. Licera Suacito, Mr. Kannaro Kep and Ms. Shiori Ui

AHI engaged in a research project on documenting grassroots peace building work since late 2009 in collaboration with Rikkyo University, a private university in Tokyo. When a collaborative research project offer came to AHI from the University, we immediately thought of two alumni who have been deeply involved in peace building work for long term. One was Ms. Miriam Licera Suacito (Deddette), ILDC 2006 of Nagdilaab Foundation in Basilan, Philippines, where armed conflicts are still going on; and another was Mr. Kannaro Kep (ILDC 2001) of PADEK (Partnership for Development in Kampuchea) in Cambodia in the period of postconflict. Both alumni were victims of violence since their youth, and their commitment to genuine peace building was enhanced through their personal life as well as community work. 

 

Even though they are extremely busy in their own organizations and wider networks, they were so eager to document peace building efforts of grassroots people and their NGO roles as co-workers towards peace. They understood that this research project was an opportunity for them and partner communities to reflect on their own experiences and share lessons learned with others in similar situations and struggles beyond national borders. The field surveys took place from 2010 to early 2012, and later 2012 to early 2013 were devoted for case study writing. 

 

The team of two from each country, Deddette with her field staff member and Kannaro with his partner local government representative, and an AHI coordinator of this project UI, were invited by Rikkyo University to the International Symposium on March 9, 2013, in order to present research outputs and share experiences and lessons learned. 

 

  The Philippine case study portrayed history of conflicts in two communities, strategic work of Nagdilaab, concrete cases of peace builders, and their experiences through peace education and collaborative leadership development for various stakeholders, from school children to military officers. 

 

The Cambodian PADEK case highlighted a unique system of alternative conflict solving at community level. Based on the formation of self-help group, Conflict Resolution Committee” was introduced at the community level. A group of trained members composed of local government leaders, religious leaders, and representatives of people’s organizations, facilitate the process of mediating between conflict parties and preventing recurrence in the community. 

 

Both cases stressed building on traditional and religious culture, parallel implementing socio-economic activities, promoting local governance, incorporating peace components in other activities with wider understanding of “peace” beyond armed conflict. The long-term commitment to justpeace (peace with justice) and conscious efforts for nurturing next generation were emphasized. 

 

*The two case studies presented at the symposium are available at:

Reports on Grassroots Peace Building

Rikkyo SFR Case Study:Cambodia

Rikkyo SFR Case Study:Philippines

 

 

 

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