Peace One Day’s focus between 2014 and 2016 was a major campaign in the Great Lakes region of Africa (focusing on the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania). The campaign sought to engage with all sectors of society in the region, encouraging all parties and coalitions to stand together in the name of peace, so that a significant level of non-violence and ceasefire (in conflict-affected areas) was achieved.
Why is peace needed in the Great Lakes region of Africa?
‘An estimated 5.4 million people have died as a consequence of the war and its lingering effects since 1998. In spite of the official end of the war in December 2002, approximately 500,000 Congolese have continued to die each year.’
International Rescue Committee
Conflict in the DRC and the Great Lakes region of Africa has led to years of instability. The absence of peace has displaced families, increased the prevalance of diseases, and restricted young people's access to education.
But peace is possible...
Time and time again, Peace Day has proved to be a catalyst for cooperation and peace-building and, as demonstrated in Afghanistan, can offer a window of opportunity for communities in need, enabling individuals and organisations to undertake life-saving activities on the day.
We met with a wide range of organisations committed to peacebuilding in Rwanda, Burundi and the DRC including Hon. Jean Philbert Nsengimana of the Ministry of Youth & ICT, Search for Common Ground, Dety Darba, Knowless, Al Hadj Haruna and the National Unity & Reconciliation Commission.