Reconciling Youth and Police in Bujumbura, Burundi

by Innovations in Peacemaking Burundi
Reconciling Youth and Police in Bujumbura, Burundi
Reconciling Youth and Police in Bujumbura, Burundi
Reconciling Youth and Police in Bujumbura, Burundi
Reconciling Youth and Police in Bujumbura, Burundi
Reconciling Youth and Police in Bujumbura, Burundi
Reconciling Youth and Police in Bujumbura, Burundi
Reconciling Youth and Police in Bujumbura, Burundi
Reconciling Youth and Police in Bujumbura, Burundi
Reconciling Youth and Police in Bujumbura, Burundi
Reconciling Youth and Police in Bujumbura, Burundi
Reconciling Youth and Police in Bujumbura, Burundi
Reconciling Youth and Police in Bujumbura, Burundi
Reconciling Youth and Police in Bujumbura, Burundi
Reconciling Youth and Police in Bujumbura, Burundi
A session on personal trauma experience.
A session on personal trauma experience.

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In responding to the new urgent calling launched by headmasters of secondary schools, IPB/HROC continued to conduct workshops and follow up sessions to implement a peace club in Musaga secondary schools.

HROC basic workshop

One (1) HROC basic workshop was conducted (i) to help students recognize and understand trauma, (ii) help them know how to deal with trauma, (iii) help them to know that life continues after a traumatic event, and (iv) help them to reconnect themselves to their communities and rebuild society. Eighteen (18) students, 11 females and 7 males, were present.

Testimonies from workshop


I was wounded by my father’s car accident. Before the accident occurred, we had a good daily life. I was 8 years old. After a year in the hospital he recovered and came back home. Without taking much time, he fell down in the washroom and broke his leg and went back to the hospital. During this second period in the hospital my mother and his children were refused to visit him. My father’s family members said that my mother was a curse. It’s because of her that our father was meeting many accidents. Whenever we tried to visit him or know about his situation, they showed us his photo lying in the hospital’s bed. He was finally healed and came back home. Our uncles did all what they could to chasse out my mother and to abandon us. All this created in us a strong trauma and its after-effects.

He came very angry against my mother accusing her of having refused to visit him in the hospital. When my mother tried to explain how our uncles refused her to visit him, my father refused to listen to her and started to beat her each night.  My mother was and still being accused unjustly by the whole father’s family members. Today our father is misusing the family’s belongings and is taking drugs and prohibits drinks. We live a very bad life today due to those behaviors and whenever I think about them, I start crying and isolating myself. We try our best to put our mother in positive mood in vain. She is overwhelmed by the situation. After attending this workshop, I realize why, my family members and I, are behaving negatively. It’s because of trauma.

I’m thankful that IPB organized this workshop at our school. I came to understand why our community is always in trouble with fear, and violence and revenge every time. My body and my soul came to get a cure.  I think that my crying is over and I assume that I’m going to fight against all things causing trauma to people in my community and schools I attend.

More thanks to IPB for providing teachings that restore youth morality and hope for a peaceful future  


Since a young age, my mother and I live as widow and myself as orphan even though my father still was alive. He works on sewing machine the whole day and earns enough money to care for our family.  After work, the rest of his time is on the cabaret to drinking prohibited alcohol and drugs. When he reaches home late, he obligeseverybody to wake up sometimes to be beaten and insulted. He never eats at home and forbid us to claim for money for shopping. When we ask for that, he said each one must take care for himself or herself as he did.

I have one handicapped brother who needs a special care as he is very unhealthy. My father is always insulting him for nothing.

Our home is out of peace because of my father. I have made many tentative to deny his fatherhood at school and be legislated as an orphan but my heart didn’t accept. We are very tired because of him.

I hate every boy and all husbands with a name similar to my father’s one. I don’t think I should afford to be married since I think that all men are like my father. I’m not able to pass nearby where my father is. I must run away. After the three-day workshop on trauma healing, I find myself and my whole family members holding strong trauma and their consequences are there too. I tried to analyze why and our father’s behaviors are the source of it.

The question I still having is why my father is behaving like that? I assume that he is traumatized too.

I’m going to assist my family but I doubt about my father. I wish IPB/HROC should meet my father for assistance. From the teachings we come to gain, I assume that my wounds will be healed and those of my family too. I wish we should have more follow up sessions to learn more and extend our healing and ways of assisting others.

Jean Marie

I’m the first born  and the second child came later. Due to that delay, my  father’s family obliged him to look for a second wife. My mother was mistreated and this act wounded her since she  was innocent in what happened.  Finally my mother gave birth to a third and a fourth child. This didn’t change my father who finally left us and stayed with his second wife. Today we live under all kinds of problems. We are hated by everybody and my mother cries all the time and myself too. Our stepsisters and brothers are menancing us to leave our home and plot under our father’s influence. We don’t see what to do now since our father is denying us when we still were of a young age. I’m crying day and night. Today, I’m thankful for IPB  for organizing this workshop on trauma healing where I come to learn that after or during a traumatic event, “life must continue”. This is very important for me to know.  I’m going to take courage and make the same advices to my mother, brothers and sisters to afford the daily life in these conditions.

I commit myself to use what I come to gain.

HROC follow-up session               

 After four HROC basic workshops, one (1) HROC follow up session was organized with the purpose of establishing a Peace Club within the school and develop an action plan to be followed from now till September 2019. 44 participants were there, among them 23 males and 21 females.

After going through what they have learnt during the HROC basic workshop, participants shared their ideas about forming a peace club to follow the effects of the trainings and make an action plan  for a whole year on the way healing should be extended  in the whole school and out of it.

The two following students: a female and a male were nominated Dauphin Alaine IRAKOZE and Alain Divin HAKIZIMANA to coordinate the peace club (see photos above).

Some tasks of the peace club are the following:

-          Organizing needed workshops;

-          organizing  HROC follow up whenever it’s needed;

-          Connecting IPB/ HROC and the school officers,

-          Sensitizing trauma, its consequences and the way to overcome from it at school and within the community around the school and each ones neighborhood;

-          Organizing cultural events with dances, songs, sketches, drummers,  testimonies and so on

Conclusion and recommendations

In conclusion, IPB met in November 62 students, among them 30 male and 32 females. Recognizing different forms of trauma that men and women face, such as coercion to violence or sexual assault, participants wished to have some sessions split up by sex. Since facilitation is made out of three and at least one male or female in each one, the provisory solution was that anyone who wishes a special listening session should meet one facilitator of the same sex to share his or her traumatic experience. It was also convened that during the follow up, some sessions will be split up by sex.

Both participants and the headmaster appreciated positively the peace work accomplished.

A group photo after three-day workshop.
A group photo after three-day workshop.
Dauphin Alaine IRAKOZE, leader of Peace Club
Dauphin Alaine IRAKOZE, leader of Peace Club
Alain Divin HAKIZIMANA , leader of Peace Club
Alain Divin HAKIZIMANA , leader of Peace Club
Group photo after the follow up session.
Group photo after the follow up session.
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Soldier and civilians in a small group discussion.
Soldier and civilians in a small group discussion.

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Testimony by Jeanine

Before attending this workshop, I was having prejudices towards security agents. I have never imagined that there is among them anyone who can do something good, forgive or be a trustful person. From this time, I have completely changed my opinion due to the fact that among facilitators of IPB and HROC, there are courteous and wise policemen with a respectful look instead of fearful one. May our worthy God bless the ones who taught us and shared his testimony about forgiveness. This touched my heart and pushed me to change and to love policemen and soldiers.

I wish the organization to keep moving forward in its projects as the knowledge spread is useful and indispensable in the recovery process of trust among families, reconciliation, peace and sustainable development.  This is true for me since we benefited from one student who participated in HROC peace activities who then he guided us from the bad cohabitation which characterized us in our campus to mutual forgiveness and reconciliation.

I am glad of the time you reserved for sharing and listening to us as the fact of speaking about ourselves was for us a way of being deeply released and healed.

2018 accomplishment

At the national level  

  • IPB educated and accompanied university students from different ethnicities and political parties in the same province through dialogues for peace, mutual tolerance, and national reconciliation. This included the military and police universities.

At the Bujumbura city

  • IPB reconciled the youth and the security agents through peace dialogues and trauma healing sessions. These included local authorities and youth affiliated to the ruling political parties and its allies and those in the opposition.
  • IPB met with students from the secondary schools who were abusing their teachers and supervisors by giving them psychological assistance utilizing the HROC methodology.

All these activities include refresher trainings, dialogues sessions on the current situation, participative development of common action plans, and identification of economic opportunities for youth to address poverty, a driver of political conflict in Burundi today.

  • IPB succeeded to get all the parties to meet at the same table. This was the first step for all sides to overcome fear and to analyze the root causes of the violence and vengeance and propose ways to overcome them.
  • IPB trained students at the army and police universities in peace making and trauma healing.
  •  Promoted peace clubs within community universities located in each province to sensitize students on trauma healing and social and economic resilience.
  • Young who attended IPB peace activities in collaboration with IPB promoted peace initiatives in their own region.

What IPB hopes to experience in 2019

  • Initiate a Peace Club in each community university in all provinces including the Burundi national army and police universities.
  • Organize follow up activities to make the economic opportunities identified and action plans elaborated for this purpose.
  • A HROC-in-Schools program in Bujumbura and up country.
  • More peace dialogues to reconciling the youth and security agents.
  • More female participation in IPB’s peace activities and making speeches in the public sphere.
  • Work with handicapped students at universities.
  • Community celebrations, organized to bring participants together with members of the community at large including local authorities in order to build awareness of healing initiatives taking place in their community and to reach lasting social cohesion.
  • Playing football as a tool of mobilization and sensitization to bring different communities and identity groups together.

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A closing exercise of the training.
A closing exercise of the training.

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A new urgent calling was launched by the headmaster of the Musaga secondary school. We should note that Musaga zone is where the 2015 demonstrations occurred with high intensity of violence and has taken longer than other areas to recover. The headmaster underlined the fact that students were taking drug and prohibited drinks withsexual assaults at a high level. As results, they are once again are abusing teachers and supervisors plus conflicts between themselves.

In responding to the call, three (3) HROC basic workshops were conducted during the month of October and 76 students attended.

The objectives of the workshops were (i) to help those students to recognize and understand trauma, (ii) help them to know how to deal with trauma, (iii) help them to know that life continues after a traumatic event, and (iv) help them to reconnect themselves to their communities and rebuild society.

During the workshop many exercises were played to creates spaces of safety and rebuild mutual trust and confidence and openness from one another. 



What wounded me mostly is the fact I lost my father very early when i was still a baby and grew up without him. The absence of a father allowed my paternal uncle to mistreat my mother until he took for himself our own plot left by my father. My mum was crying each time mainly in the evening because of this plot. When I was in the primary school it happened sometimes that I came back home finding my mother imprisoned by my uncle to forbid her to continue claiming for our plot. I used to cry many time by missing my mum at home and what to eat after class in afternoon.  

Besides all bad things I mention above, children of our uncle used to beat us each day as they were more mature than us and were strong enough since they had all necessaries and enough food to eat. My grief reaches a stage where I isolated myself each time and started to speak in my mind or sorrowful singing.

My mother endured all that struggles and stayed with us. She took us to school and me as the last one I’m preparing to end my secondary school. Others are attending university. What is bad now is that my mother is suffering the intestinal cancer and her health is very fragile.

Let me say, I’m glad to have participated in this three days workshop in trauma healing. Now I come to know how the situation we went through in our family wounded us and the consequences of that. What is more positive for me is to know how to assist myself and my family.

In conclusion, I come to see that many pulpils need to learn about trauma and its consequences on individual, family and community in general. They need to know how both victims and actors of violence are both traumatized and need assistance to overcome it.

Many thanks for IPB for its teaching which is building bridges between destroyed communities including young students.


My strong grief comes from the fact that I lost all my parents when I was a little one. My father died when I was 3 years old and my mother when I was five and we were five children. These deaths were due to Burundi civil wars. Due to the problems we were in my old sister left the school and accepted a precocious marriage. Our old sister left us and we were crying without any consolation. Our parental uncle took us four to his home even though he didn’t have enough to take care for us along with his own children. At the age of attending school I missed school material and this multiply my grief too.

I prayed the lord to get courageous and I finally attended the school. I was always missing something among the needed material or school fees. I developed some negative behaviors such as isolation as I didn’t want to play with those still having parents. I didn’t want to hear someone tlling about good things from their parent. I have also problem on memorizing things and I don’t hane any positive thing for my future. I have fear with me of dying any time.

Following the teaching from this three days workshop I fell a little bit trust and hope of the future. I fell also courageous to fight for a better future by studying more and more.

I feel also that my grief is released at a certain stage. I will continue to assist myself to widen my healing. I’m going to help my old brother and sisters as they have some signs of trauma following the list we learnt in this trauma healing training.

More thanks to IPB


I t was on a certain Monday that I lost my older brother who was in charge of all family needs. He woke up and went as usually to his daily job as a carpenter. At 1:00 pm, he felt ill and his colleagues evacuated him to the hospital and unfortunately he passed away at 6:00 pm of the same day. That death shocked me at the point I lost love to anybody.  Since then I started to isolate myself. I don’t fell courageous to sit with other young people for joking. I fell always unhappy of everything even taking studies. I have made tentative to leave the school but i missed where to go and what to do in place of studying. Today I come to understand that I went through a tragic event and that after it life must continue. I come to understand that what happened left in me wounds and their consequences are trauma.

I’m glad that I come to know the symptoms I do hold. What is more positive is that I come to know how to overcome from trauma I do hold.


What forbade me any joy in my life was the absence of my father who left my mother and went to live with a second wife. I stayed with my mother and finally my father passed away. My mother didn’t have a brother or a sister as she was the only one child in her parental family. My mother and the second wife to my father became both widows and the situation between the two worsens itself.  The second wife was menacing day by day my mother saying she must go back to her parental family. In this situation of misunderstanding and quarrels, the second wife died too. The neighbors accused my mother to be part of this death. Some saying that she poisoned her. I got more regrets to see our neighborhood ignored us and accused us of witchcraft.

My mother was crying a lot and developed finally a life characterized by a strong anger. I use to cry myself by the fact of living in a family without any joy and where crying is like a regime or a must. I had developed some symptoms of trauma and my mother too looking at the list learnt in this workshop. I’m glad to get this opportunity to learn about trauma, its causes, symptoms, consequences and the way to overcome from it.    

I will continue to assist myself and my mother. I commit to contribute so that our community starting by our school be safe place exempt of trauma.


At the age of three, I lost my father and I missed his affection and this affected my behavior due to his absence. I grew up in my grand father’s home who was also wounded by his son’s death too. My mother was struggling alone to support my old sisters and brothers. Our paternal uncle who loved us died too by car accident in the same period as my father. My mother wounded once more by her brother’s death. She used to ask a question concerning how we think we could afford the daily life. Myself I was asking myself who could pay for my studies. My family and I are living under a strong grief. We have fear that we should dye younger as our father and uncle did. I was living day by day without any future plan. After this three days workshop I’m glad to learn about trauma and how to overcome from it and that : after traumatic event, life must continue.

I will continue to put in practice what I come to learn and I wish IPB should continue to assist us in expending our healing and plan for us a way of follow up. IPB should train us to be facilitators in order to disinfect our community and be a safe place to live in harmony and good coexistence.

More thank for IPB and its facilitators who permit me for the first time to share my traumatic event and I fell a little bit released.

Conclusion and recommendations

Recognizing different forms of trauma that men and women face, such as coercion to violence or sexual assault, participants wished to some sessions split up by sex. Since facilitation is made out of three and at least one male or female in each one, the provisory solution was that anyone who wishes a special listening session should meet one facilitator of the same sex to share its traumatic experience smoothly. It was also convened that during the follow up, some sessions will be split up by sex.

As recommendation, peace clubs were suggested to be implemented and have an agenda of community activities to be done during this 2018-2019 school year.

Both participants and the headmaster appreciated positively the peace work accomplished.

A falling exercise during the workshop
A falling exercise during the workshop
A group photograph of participants.
A group photograph of participants.
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A dialogue for peaceful coexistence in Nyakabiga
A dialogue for peaceful coexistence in Nyakabiga


The project aims at bringing reconciliation between youth of different political parties and between the youth demonstrators and the security forces. Dialogues for peaceful coexistence and workshops on trauma healing are strategies to reach its purpose.

During the month of September one dialogue for peaceful coexistence was conducted in Nyakabiga zone with 33 participants including 8 youth and 9 security officers.

Two basic HROC workshops were conducted . The first with 20 participants from  the scouts’ movement members attending different universities in Bujumbura. 16 males and 4 females, all youth. The second workshop was with 25 students from Musaga High School, 12 males and 13 females, all youth.

Following are some testimonies of participants.


I come from Karuzi province and I was appointed in this zone for security purpose. When I left where I was working, everybody was disappointed of that decision. When saying bye to my colleagues, I told to them that our job is to intervene where it’s needed not staying where situation is calm. My participation in this dialogue for peace looks like a dream for me. I didn’t expect meeting youth and political parties in their diversity in a joint meeting to discuss about peaceful coexistence in Bujumbura.   It’s my first time to learn about trauma, its causes, symptoms, consequences and the way of overcoming it. I was surprised to learn that Trauma was known following the work of security forces. I saw how this peace dialogue is a current cure for us and conflict prevention for 2020 elections. After this dialogue, I will tell my colleagues who stayed in Karuzi how Bujumbura situation is moving toward peace through truth telling and reconciliation. I wish this kind of peace dialogue should be organized at a national level and touching more security forces in joint meeting with youth.


I was wounded by the bad behavior of a  boyfriend we felt in love from each other. We committed to love one another and wait for our marriage after our studies.   After a while I learnt that he has other relations with other ladies. I made investigation and I caught him committing adultery with another young woman. Since then, a strong deception affected me until the stage I developed a mistrust in all man. After my secondary school I applied to attend the army and I felt. The aim behind attending the army was to shoot any boy who should plan to get married with me. Today I’m not able to greet men or give a handshake to them. I don’t even sit behind a man either in school or in church. I do hold a series of symptoms of trauma and I’m glad that I come to know how to overcome the traumatic experience I went through.

More thanks for IPB who thought and is implementing this community healing program


I was wounded by my father’s death and the bad behavior adopted by my mother after this death. She sold all wealth left by my father and misused them. Since we don’t stay with any income generation, I was told to look for my school fees and the whole needs for daily life by myself. I didn’t want to say this to anybody worrying that people could know I was born from that kind of mother and a family of dishonest people and without a childcare heart. After learning the way of overcoming trauma and its consequences, I took courage to share this trauma experience I underwent and its after effects on my current daily life. I still believe that the Lord has a good plan for me

More thanks for IPB who organized this workshop

Schadrack (attending secondary school of Musaga zone)

I got struggle to accept the tragic death of my paternal uncle happened during the 2015 Burundi crisis. How this happened? My uncle left home going to Bujumbura down town. Without much time, he made a short telephone calling to let us know he was apprended by the police. We tried to join him on his phone after in vain. We searched for him in different prisons in Bujumbura and in others and no line of his disappearance was finded. The fact of missing his corpse to bury him reinforced my sorrow about him. I developped a number of trauma symptoms including isolations nightmare and others.  I’m glad to attend this trauma healing workshop. What I come to learn will lead toward healing process.

Gretta (secondary school pupil)

I got sorrow due to my father’s death. He got sick for a long period where he was getting blood transfusion once each three weeks at the beginning. His first doctor refused him a surgery saying he had an advanced age. The sickness developed itself until the stage of getting blood transfusion once a week. He looked for another doctor who said that the sickness was very severe and had already affected the liver due to the bad quality of the blood given to him. When the family was still in a process to transfer him aboard for an advanced treatment, he passed away. Other bad things happened to me and wounded me a lot. I do hold so many symptoms of trauma. I’m glad to know what to do and I believe I should be healed soon following the technical ways we come to learn. More thanks for IPB’s facilitators

Photo for scouts' students at universities
Photo for scouts' students at universities
HROC basic workshop in Musaga high school.
HROC basic workshop in Musaga high school.
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This is the IPB/ HROC June 2018 narrative Report. Eleven activities were conducted during this period of June including two HROC basic workshops with AGLI support,  four workshops within Bukire –Tubane project of  CRS Burundi,  four peace dialogues with QSN project,  and participating to the Global Giving Accelerator campaign .   

These activities aim at “Contributing to the Burundi peace consolidation through  trauma healing, social cohesion and economic resilience”.

Activities performed.

  1. HROC Basic workshops

Two HROC basic workshops were conducted during this month of June using African Great Lakes Initiative funds. One with Universality students and one with Buyenzi zone Red Cross volunteers.   


NKURUNZIZA Odette (Red Cross volunteer)

I lost my husband during the recent political crisis of 2015. Since our marriage, I had always woken up early in the morning to prepare his morning breakfast. But the day I lost him, I got a heavy sleep and I woke up when he had gone for work. I was disapointed by this act as it was my first time to miss his breakfast. I cooked very quickly for his lunch. When he reached home at twelve, he found that the food was not yet ready and he went back without eating as he was in hurry. Due to the fact, he didn’t eat either breakfast nor lunch. I went shopping to look for a good meal for super. When he came in the evening, I told him that the food could be ready as soon as possible. He told me that he was going out the gate for a short time and was coming back in few minutes. Just when he reached our gate, many guns were shooting and I ran to hide my little children in the room. When I was still calming down my children, one of our neibghor came in and told me, “You’re here when your husband is seriously wounded by guns!”. I ran out and I found he was evacuated to the hospital. Reaching there, he was in the emergency room. I tied to get in to see him and the physician urged me to wait. A few minutes after that I was told that he passed a way. I directly lost my mind. After a time I developed a kind of avoidance saying that he was not my husband who died. When I saw his corpse, I missed words to express myself and went back blaming myself saying, “If I had prepared supper quickly, he wouldn’t have left home that moment. He could be eating and miss those guns’ shootings.” And continuing by saying, “He died with much hunger.”

After the funeral, his parents and brothers kicked me out of our house and urged me to live in one bedroom extended to our main house. It was very small to host me and my children and I went to rent a convenient house. What makes me suffer more is when I think how my husband built the house and, when I missed money to pay the rent or food to fed my children, my own house is occupied by those who were suppose to support my life and that of my children.

Other thing hurting more is when children are asking me why his/her uncles did this act? I don’t have what to tell them as I avoid to sow hatred within the whole family.

After the lesson about trauma symptoms, I find myself traumatized. I committed myself to be practicing what we come to learn to see I should be completely healed as we learnt that “life must continue after traumatic experiences”.

Let congratulate IPB/HROC for having developped these teaching to help express their traumatic event. It’s my first time to express it and I feel released.

Thank you for your active listening

KWIZERA  Marie  Chantal (a university student)

I was very shocked by the death of my neice who was not sick. I was with her at 2:00 pm playing with her. After 2 hours I got information saying that she had passed away. Her death remained in my mind as whenever I saw her photo or heard a similar name, I went back where we were playing together two hours before she died and say,  “Oh she was telling me ‘bye’ without knowing it.” Since her death I have never played with my other remaining neices thinking they could die too. It was like a had anger to them. After this three days workshop and sharing this, I feel released and able to continue sharing about this death and able to play or joke with other neices. More thanks for IPB/HROC facilitators who invited me to participate in this workshop. I commit to share with my whole family about trauma, its consequences and how to recover from it.



From 18 to 29 June 2018, trauma healing activities were organized in both Bujumbura and Bubanza in the framework of Dukire -Tubane project of Catholic Relief Services -- Burundi using the Healing and Rebuilding Our Communities (HROC) methodology.  Dukire -Tubane projectaims to strengthen the resilience and cohesion of Burundian youth, targeting Bujumbura Mairie and Bubanza, two provinces most directly affected by the 2015 violence. Activities feature trauma healing and social cohesion workshops among youth, as well as between youth and local authorities, while forming youth savings groups and developing entrepreneurial skills to strengthen resilience.  

The following activities were carried in this month of June with the technical support of HROC program:

(i)                 A community healing companions workshop and setting network

(ii)               Complementing the social cohesion workshops

(iii)             Two workshops on principles and practices of trauma healing

(iv)             A cultural events/community celebration accompaniment

Accompanying the social cohesion workshops

         A five days workshop was organized from June 25 to 29th with local leaders and youth from Kamenge and Ngagara. The first four days were organized in separated settings and the two groups met together the last day for a whole day for a joint exchange on their own collaboration for the social cohesion as common goal.  HROC was present in both sides to share on how trauma is one of the hindrances of social cohesion in Burundi today in general and their own provinces and communities in particular. Along with the social cohesion facilitators on 3 B (Binding, Bonding & Bridging), one HROC facilitator was present for a complementary facilitation on trauma healing as one component to restore social cohesion.

Workshop on principles and practices of trauma healing

A one-day workshop was organized for the new Community Healing Companions respectively on June 26th in Bujumbura and 29th in Bubanza. That single day was dedicated to principles and practices of trauma healing. The agenda of this workshop includes (i) the cycle of violence and revenge and the way of breaking it, (ii) the uniqueness and particularity of HROC through its philosophy as a community healing program and (iii) listening practice:

Accompanying cultural event / community celebrations

Cultural events/community celebrations were organized in both Bubanza and Bujumbura during the month of June to provide an opportunity for beneficiaries to express what they have already gained from the project and sensitize to the whole community the benefit of social cohesion and the way to restore it in their own community. This was an opportune moment for representatives to present Dukire Tubane project to the community and appreciate how communities are joining it through its activities when the coordinator of HROC supported them by sensitizing what is trauma and its current consequences on social cohesion and how the project is providing appropriate solutions through trainings, permanent community healing facilitators and community healing companions. The counselor of the communal administrator presented his appreciations of the project. “The conflict and violence are going to reduce significantly in Gihanda commune and Bubanza,” said the counselor of Gihanga commune”

We should note that, a soccer match, a beating tambourine, cultural dances and sketches explaining the cycle of violence and revenge and the way of breaking it were presented , followed by personal testimonies.

Participants in all these peace activities promised to be good Healing Companions and good models in their communities and that they are ready to intervene and help people in need of healing accompaniment in their communities.


IPB/HROC met one hundred sixty three (163) people in training and a huge number of people in cultural event in this June 2018, among them one hundred forty five (89) male  and eighty four female (84). Note that one hundred fourty five (145) are youth and many of them in cultural events.

Thanks to donors and AGLI regional coordinator who continue advocating for the program in Burundi. Thank you Dave Zarembka for connecting IPB/HROC to new donors and Red Cross volunteers who looked for a place to conduct the two HROC basic workshop in a high school facilities in Buyenzi zone without any financial charge. Many thanks go to IPB for the positive collaboration and HROC program facilitators and new staff for their commitment.




Relaxation exercise.
Relaxation exercise.
The university students' group photo.
The university students' group photo.
Group photo of new community healing companions.
Group photo of new community healing companions.
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Innovations in Peacemaking Burundi

Location: Bujumbura - Burundi
Project Leader:
Elie Nahimana
Bujumbura, Burundi

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