Conflict, Reconciliation and Peace Education : Moving Burundi Toward a Sustainable Future
While the September 11, 2001 attacks in the U.S. killed nearly 3,000 people and traumatized America into wars of revenge, the people of Burundi were recovering from forty years of genocide and civil war that killed nearly one million and produced another million refugees. Yet the desire for reconciliation —not revenge—in this small East African nation runs deep today, despite being one of the four poorest nations on earth.
The University of Ngozi in northern Burundi was created in 1999 and is now dedicated to peace, reconciliation and sustainable development. People in this region tell remarkable stories of tragedy and recovery amidst these horrors. Their stories can inspire others to preserve their humanity and resist the urge to continue the violence, focusing instead on forgiveness, reconciliation and a better way forward. This volume presents case study analysis while pointing to the promise of a new kind of education that is committed to sustainable peace and development. The lessons here for the rest of the world are deep and inspiring.