The civil war in Burundi led to the death of 300,000 people and the displacement of 1 million more. Now with an influx of people returning, the road to recovery truly begins. Moving on from conflict means the rebuilding of lives after the trauma of violence, dealing with the death of loved ones and returning home to find land and homes repossessed.
Women in particular face the biggest challenge. Those who have lost their husbands during the conflict return home to find that they have no rights to their land through inheritance – just because they are women. Yet, they must provide a home and earn a living for their families. This fragile and unstable peace means there is an increased risk of renewed violence and that the poorest get poorer.
Our Voices, a documentary film from our programme in Burundi, presents the views of Burundian women on how to foster reconciliation and growth in their communities and country
Through our work, women are finding a voice to express their views about what is needed to foster peace and development in their country.
Women just want to be able to take control of their own lives, have equal rights and be heard like men, provide for their families and build a better future for their children. With your help, they can.
Your gift can provide women with training, dialogue sessions and practical solutions to rebuild their lives. Just £10 a month could:
- produce 20 radio programmes to help women overcome barriers to earning a living
- hold community dialogue workshops to develop ideas for poverty reduction which can be presented to the government
- help women secure microfinance loans for small-scale business opportunities
Thank you for your commitment to peace.