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USAID-Supported Somali Women Gain Peacebuilding Skills

It’s a diverse group of five women. Among their many roles and areas of expertise, one can find law, information technology, business administration, political advocacy, rehabilitating youth with the UNDP, and a graduate degree in gender and development. In common are their Somali ethnicity, Muslim faith, and burning desire to prepare themselves and nurture other women for playing major roles ...More

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On Finding Peace Through Working at Forgiveness

Steven Hakizimana was 8 when his parents and siblings were murdered before his eyes during the 1994 Rwandan genocide. For the next nine years Hakizimana struggled both to simply survive and to understand the atrocities wreaked on himself and his country. Hakizimana came to feel that in order for healing to occur, reconciliation between his Tutsi group and the Hutus – both being respons ...More

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Genocide Survivor Teaches Trauma Healing at Summer Peacebuilding Institute

Jean Claude Nkundwa came to the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP) at Eastern Mennonite University with a desire to help his country address its history of violence. Most people in the United States, when they hear about Tutsis and Hutus, think about the genocide in Rwanda, but genocide also occurred in neighboring Burundi and greatly impacted Jean ...More

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SPI Alumni Help With Syrian Refugee Crisis

Syrians are flooding into neighboring Jordan at the rate of more than 1,000 per night, seeking refuge from a brutal civil war. Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) has taken steps to supplement its material aid (food, diapers, blankets, school kits, hygiene kits, etc.) with trainings aimed at easing growing tensions, understanding the impact of trauma, and ...More

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EMU Peace Profs Go to Women in Somaliland

Six of the women who planned to study at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) in the summer of 2012 in the brand-new Women’s Peacebuilding Leadership Program were unable to enter the United States. So program director Janice Jenner and professors ...More

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New Somalia President Studied Peace at EMU

The new president of Somalia, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, deepened his understanding of building peace in traumatized societies in three classes taken at the 2001 Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI) held at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU). “We wish the best for you as you work to secure the peace, promote stability, and restore prosperity to the ...More

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Gbowee Carries Olympic Flag at Ceremony

Leymah Gbowee, one of three recipients jointly awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, carried in the Olympic flag with seven other humanitarians during the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games. “It was an amazing experience and honor to join ath ...More

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Undergrads Are Key Players in Peace Institute

For the second year in a row, college senior James Souder has a summer job that wins him friends from dozens of countries. They are men and women aged 20 to 90 who do things on behalf of peace and justice like mediate between warring soldiers and live among suffering refugees in camps. Souder is one of four 1990-born undergraduates at EMU who are “community assistants” in the ...More

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Surprise! Kenyan Women’s Leader and Soldier Reconnect at EMU

Amina Hassan and Samson Sorobit looked at one another across the room at Park View Mennonite Church with a mixture of surprise and recognition. Could it really be? In 2008, the two had worked together for several months to resolve an armed conflict between rival clans in Mandera, a region in extreme northeastern Kenya along the Somali and Ethiopian ...More

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First Women’s Peace Leadership Program at EMU’s Summer Peacebuilding Institute

Little more than six months after alumna Leymah Gbowee won the Nobel Peace Prize, Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) has hosted its first participants in a program designed to train more women for leadership roles in peacebuilding. The first group of students in the ...More