November 10, 2020

Community-based reconciliation efforts

Learn from pioneers of Rwandan community court systems to understand how community leaders from around the world might apply these approaches to their own contexts.

November 10, 2020

Community-based reconciliation efforts

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Learn from pioneers of Rwandan community court systems to understand how community leaders from around the world might apply these approaches to their own contexts.

In this conversation, Rwandan Gacaca community court leaders discussed how they are promoting reconciliation at a community level. Beyond this case, the conversation centred on the feasibility of incorporating methods in different contexts, highlighting the power of transformative mediation and restorative justice to bridge divides at all levels of peacebuilding.

Activities that build common ground can support mediation

Sizeli Marcelin, a Rwandan peacebuilding pioneer who is a former Gacaca court judge, uses “The Wind Game” to bring together prisoners and survivors. In the game, participants are asked what they fear, what they feel, and other meaningful questions. They place different answers around a room, wherein one corner is anger, another guilt and another sadness. The wind blows, and people then scatter toward different emotions. When both perpetrators and victims end up in the same place, they realize that they feel the same emotion. They then engage in a form of mediation, starting from the place of common ground, recognising they have the same emotions.

Helping people see themselves as the “other” is essential to reconciliation

Antoine Samvure, the coordinator of Friends Peace House in Rwanda, spoke about a programme that connects widows of genocide victims with the wives of prisoners. Through their engagement, the widows start to see that the other women have also lost their husbands — but to the prison system as a result of the genocide. In finding a common ground of loss, the women begin forging bonds with one another. These bonds ultimately help lead to reconciling and forgiving the perpetrators of the genocide. This transformative justice process all begins with recognizing yourself in another human.

Community goals and values determine peacebuilding methods

While building peace is a common goal among these communities, the approaches to peacebuilding differ depending on what each community values. The Rwandan peacebuilding described is centred around forgiveness, reconciliation, and peaceful reintegration which are crucial when developing games to build peace.

Antoine Samvure

Antoine Samvure is currently the coordinator of Friends Peace House and part of the Friends World Consultancy Executive Committee. In the past, he served as the director of College George Fox of Kagarama secondary school, as a member of the Rwanda Bible Society Board, as a clerk in the Friends Church, and most importantly as a trainer for judges in Rwanda’s Gacaca court, a transitional justice system designed to promote healing and reconciliation after the 1994 genocide. Throughout his career he has been motivated by spreading peace across the region and in his community.
Rwanda

Antoine Samvure

Antoine Samvure is currently the coordinator of Friends Peace House and part of the Friends World Consultancy Executive Committee. In the past, he served as the director of College George Fox of Kagarama secondary school, as a member of the Rwanda Bible Society Board, as a clerk in the Friends Church, and most importantly as a trainer for judges in Rwanda’s Gacaca court, a transitional justice system designed to promote healing and reconciliation after the 1994 genocide. Throughout his career he has been motivated by spreading peace across the region and in his community.
Rwanda

Antoine Samvure

Antoine Samvure is currently the coordinator of Friends Peace House and part of the Friends World Consultancy Executive Committee. In the past, he served as the director of College George Fox of Kagarama secondary school, as a member of the Rwanda Bible Society Board, as a clerk in the Friends Church, and most importantly as a trainer for judges in Rwanda’s Gacaca court, a transitional justice system designed to promote healing and reconciliation after the 1994 genocide. Throughout his career he has been motivated by spreading peace across the region and in his community.
Rwanda

Antoine Samvure

Antoine Samvure is currently the coordinator of Friends Peace House and part of the Friends World Consultancy Executive Committee. In the past, he served as the director of College George Fox of Kagarama secondary school, as a member of the Rwanda Bible Society Board, as a clerk in the Friends Church, and most importantly as a trainer for judges in Rwanda’s Gacaca court, a transitional justice system designed to promote healing and reconciliation after the 1994 genocide. Throughout his career he has been motivated by spreading peace across the region and in his community.
Rwanda

Antoine Samvure

Antoine Samvure is currently the coordinator of Friends Peace House and part of the Friends World Consultancy Executive Committee. In the past, he served as the director of College George Fox of Kagarama secondary school, as a member of the Rwanda Bible Society Board, as a clerk in the Friends Church, and most importantly as a trainer for judges in Rwanda’s Gacaca court, a transitional justice system designed to promote healing and reconciliation after the 1994 genocide. Throughout his career he has been motivated by spreading peace across the region and in his community.
Rwanda

Antoine Samvure

Antoine Samvure is currently the coordinator of Friends Peace House and part of the Friends World Consultancy Executive Committee. In the past, he served as the director of College George Fox of Kagarama secondary school, as a member of the Rwanda Bible Society Board, as a clerk in the Friends Church, and most importantly as a trainer for judges in Rwanda’s Gacaca court, a transitional justice system designed to promote healing and reconciliation after the 1994 genocide. Throughout his career he has been motivated by spreading peace across the region and in his community.
Rwanda

Sizeli Marcelin

Sizeli Marcelin is a peace building pioneer in the Evangelical Friends Church of Rwanda. Throughout his career, he has worked with a number of different peace-building organizations and has served as a Judge in the Gacaca courts, a transitional justice system designed to promote healing after the 1994 genocide. He is currently leading a program that helps train community-based activists to accompany people in the process of trauma healing.
Rwanda

Sizeli Marcelin

Sizeli Marcelin is a peace building pioneer in the Evangelical Friends Church of Rwanda. Throughout his career, he has worked with a number of different peace-building organizations and has served as a Judge in the Gacaca courts, a transitional justice system designed to promote healing after the 1994 genocide. He is currently leading a program that helps train community-based activists to accompany people in the process of trauma healing.
Rwanda

Sizeli Marcelin

Sizeli Marcelin is a peace building pioneer in the Evangelical Friends Church of Rwanda. Throughout his career, he has worked with a number of different peace-building organizations and has served as a Judge in the Gacaca courts, a transitional justice system designed to promote healing after the 1994 genocide. He is currently leading a program that helps train community-based activists to accompany people in the process of trauma healing.
Rwanda

Sizeli Marcelin

Sizeli Marcelin is a peace building pioneer in the Evangelical Friends Church of Rwanda. Throughout his career, he has worked with a number of different peace-building organizations and has served as a Judge in the Gacaca courts, a transitional justice system designed to promote healing after the 1994 genocide. He is currently leading a program that helps train community-based activists to accompany people in the process of trauma healing.
Rwanda

Sizeli Marcelin

Sizeli Marcelin is a peace building pioneer in the Evangelical Friends Church of Rwanda. Throughout his career, he has worked with a number of different peace-building organizations and has served as a Judge in the Gacaca courts, a transitional justice system designed to promote healing after the 1994 genocide. He is currently leading a program that helps train community-based activists to accompany people in the process of trauma healing.
Rwanda

Sizeli Marcelin

Sizeli Marcelin is a peace building pioneer in the Evangelical Friends Church of Rwanda. Throughout his career, he has worked with a number of different peace-building organizations and has served as a Judge in the Gacaca courts, a transitional justice system designed to promote healing after the 1994 genocide. He is currently leading a program that helps train community-based activists to accompany people in the process of trauma healing.
Rwanda

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