Creating a Space for Peace-making: Burundi and Beyond

Tim Wichert


Mennonites and Quakers have historically
renounced the use of violence for
resolving conflicts. From 1994 to 1997
the Mennonite Central Committee
(MCC) ran a program of civilian peacemaking
in Burundi at the request of local
Quakers. Their goals were modest,
hoping that international volunteers
could assist in reducing the level of violence
and creating space for positive
things to happen. Lessons learned were
discussed at a seminar hosted by the
Quaker United Nations Office in Geneva
in May 1997.

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