From the narrow corridors of Tarrytown, which hosted ‘the Safe Conflict Summit’ to the streets of New York, everyone holds the view that Peace building spaces should be expanded beyond the traditional peace builders. The argument is that we need more seats at the Peace Building Dinner Table and preferably more chefs too. From a practical point of view, we need new thoughts, new ideas,... Read More About EXPANDING THE FIELD OF PEACE BUILDING: The Role of Unlike Minds (Word on the Streets of New York) »
Youth: the partners of today The generally accepted view in Sierra Leone is that the lives of most youth here is still miserable and bleak, despite the numerous efforts on the part of government and other development partners to reintegrate the majority of youths affected by war. It goes without saying that any community that lacks a viable and productive young population... Read More About Sierra Leone: Youth, the partners of today (Day 6) »
Day 5 in Sierra Leone was a day of reflection and research. More of a “mid-term evaluation” of the days that had passed, what I had experienced so far and what I am going to do once this first step of my experience is over. The first thing I realized was that for the last few days I’ve been experiencing a completely different than my. I have been taken out of the “comfort” of my... Read More About Sierra Leone: Reflections (Day 5) »
Celebrating unity in diversity Day 4 in Sierra Leone was, like I’ve already mentioned, a day of celebration. Naturally, no meetings or other official encounters could be arranged for me, but the day was an excellent occasion to hear from people, in particular from the media, a bit about Sierra Leone’s past, about the current situation and the general feeling characterizing the... Read More About Sierra Leone: Happy Birthday, Mama Salone! (Day 4) »
Sierra Leone: Day 3 First of all, Happy Independence Day, on behalf of Sierra Leoneans. I’m saying this because while I’m writing about yesterday (day 3 in Sierra Leone), the whole of Sierra Leone is celebrating. They are celebrating freedom the way few countries in the world know how to do it. They are celebrating like a people that knows what it means not to be free, they are... Read More About Sierra Leone: Know your rights (Day 3) »
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