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19 Nov 2016

Victoria_MatHave you ever wondered what you would you do if war knocks on your door?  Reconstruction is a Colombian videogame that makes you a victim of armed conflict. Álvaro Triana is the head of the project in the ViveLab offices in Bogotá.
Victoria, as shown in the image, is the main character of Reconstruction. For Triana the aim of the game is to put the players in places that allow them to begin to understand the different realities that exist in conflict affected areas in Colombia.

To know more about this project visit pacifista.co. Full article in spanish.

 

The international human rights organisation, Minority Rights Group International, just launched the 2016 Peoples under Threat index and online map, The ranking, which was created by compiling data on the known antecedents to genocide or mass political killing, provides early warning of potential future mass atrocities. 

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The Minority Rights Group International has over 40 years experience of working with non-dominant ethnic, religious and linguistic communities. Its aim is to ensure that disadvantaged minorities and indigenous peoples, often the poorest of the poor, can make their voices heard.

The Middle East and Africa dominate the 2016 rankings, with Syria topping the table for the second year. Iraq, South Sudan, Libya, Turkey, Ukraine and Azerbaijan are among the most significant risers. The Peoples under Threat index  shows that the global refugee crisis is a direct manifestation of the abuses faced by communities in those states now at the top of the index.

 

Screen Shot 2016-05-26 at 4.41.27 PMIn this animation, GPPAC explains what Human Security is and why it is important. Human security refers to the security of people and communities, as opposed to the security of states.  The Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) is a member-led network of civil society organisations (CSOs) active in the field of conflict prevention and peacebuilding across the world. 

For GPPAC, the human security approach is not only centred on people as objects of interventions, but also as providers of security in their own right. It challenges us to consider participative ways of doing and evaluating our work.

Update on conflict dynamics and peacebuilding efforts.

Recommended article by Kisuke Ndiku, originally posted on TransConflict.

“It is a timely juncture in which to offer an update on peace in the Greater Horn and Great Lakes Region in Africa – South Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Somaliland, Somalia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.”

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“Overall the Greater Horn and Great Lakes Region in Africa has been relatively stable but the concerns of governance and peace continue to be given very limited attention. This only happens when violence and disruption give rise to some short-term attention to violence and conflict, but not to peace. This is where a change is needed, focusing peace as opposed to focusing on violence. Peace as a continuum that assures growth and freedom needs to be catalyzed more than before through concerted engagement between communities, politicians, political parties and relevant organs of government. Exploring, identifying and using key pillars that contribute to community peace needs attention in each country.”

 

Recommended article by Ron Kraybill, originally posted on Peace and Collaborative Development Network (PCDN).

Everywhere I’ve lived and worked, I’ve met people who feel a deep inner echo to the idea of making peace.  I’m a bit mystical about such things. The inner echo is one mark of a calling and I have a lot of time for people hearing it. But then it gets complicated.  How to get from inner echo to outer action? Sustaining my own call over 37 years and observing others, I’ve learned a few things:images

1. View A Job In Conflict Resolution And Peacebuilding As A Long-Term Objective.

2. Maintain At Least One Area Of Expertise Or Credentials Besides Peacebuilding.

3. The Path To Full-Time Work In Conflict Resolution Often Runs Through Something Else You’re Already Good At.

4. Expand Your Vocational Goal From Mediator To Peacebuilder.

5. Polish Writing Skills.

6.  Learn Inbound Marketing.

7. If You Aspire To Peacebuilding Internationally, Get A Foundation In Community Development.

 

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Recommended article by Jean de Dieu Basabose, originally posted in TransConflict.

22 years after the 1994 genocide, Rwandans are continuing to mark the occasion and keep the memory of an event which cost more than 800,000 human lives.

The 22nd commemoration ceremonies of the genocide, entitled “Kwibuka 22”, have kicked-off. For Jean de Dieu Basabose, an Insight on Conflict’s Local Correspondent in Rwanda, the annual commemoration  “is necessary and significantly contributes to the healing and reconciliation process in Rwanda. When it is effectively organised, it creates spaces for community members to remember their past, regret shameful acts of killings in their villages, support one another in the process of healing their wounds, and acknowledge the bravery and humanity of those who rescued their fellow Rwandans. It is a means of showing solidarity and allowing people to share their visions for a peaceful Rwandan society”.

Recommended article by  Sinan Çankaya, originally posted in Border Criminologies.

The old physical border is back. Whereas much of the thinking on borders focuses on the trend towards an omnipresent border―a shift from the physical to the virtual―the refugee crisis also shows the resurrection of walls, fences, and barbed wire. Border control, or rather, managing borders, has become a core activity of security actors within and across the nation-state.”

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“Securitization doesn’t merely aim to transform and discipline actors; it is equally, and perhaps more so, about the spatial exclusion of racialized ‘deviants.’ There are new, omnipresent virtual borders, but spatial exclusion also comes with walls, fences, and barbed wire, at the risk of closing minds and hearts.”

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Youth migration – a result of the Afghan government’s
failed peace policy

Recommended reading by Maryam Safi originally posted by transconflict

“Failure to bring peace and security to Afghanistan was lead to mass youth migration. The National Unity Government must adopt a clear policy for reconciliation with armed oppositions in order to bring peace and stability in the country. It must respond to people’s demands and problems in order to save this young generation and prevent them from leaving.”


The aftermath of violence in Colombia


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In this powerful clip, produced by The Economist, the authors of some of the paintings, an ex-paramilitary, a woman ex-FARC guerrilla and an ex-soldier of the Colombian armed forces share their experiences of the war. As one of them said,  the victims of the Colombian conflict are on all sides.


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The role of media in conflict

Reporting-600x330Recommended article witted by Kirthi Jayakumar about the danger of war journalism. Posted originally by  TransConflict.

During the Rwandan Genocide, radio was one of the key enablers in orchestrating the genocide – pointing out localities where the Tutsis were so Hutu militia could find and kill them. In doing so, the media exacerbated tensions and channeling hatred, contributing to genocide

War journalism is exactly what keeps war alive. It is the frontrunner element that campaigns for the prolonged business of war. In contrast, peace journalism doesn’t concern itself with the winner-versus-loser rhetoric, but rather zooms right into the root of the very issue. It presents the causes and options of every side involved, without introducing the ‘us’ versus ‘them’ perspective.


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