Conflict Transformation and Building Sustainable Peace


By, Peter Greaney, Rotary Peace Scholar

We have now completed 8 weeks of the twelve week program and I must say the time has moved quickly.  For the past two weeks we have been studying 'Conflict Transformation and Building Sustainable Peace'.   

During this time we have been working on constructing workable peace and post conflict reconstruction processes.  We also explored International and Humanitarian Law and its application to sustainable peace.

A case study on the current conflict situation in Yemen, which is multilayered and complex, reinforced with me the need for some substantial international intervention to alleviate the suffering of millions of people around the world not only in Yemen.

Our second field trip in a couple of weeks is to Cambodia. To prepare for the trip I just finished reading a book 'I survived the Killing Fields'.

The book is about the life story of a Cambodian refugee Seng (Sam) Kok Ung and the plight of his family under the Khmer Rouge.  Sam Ung eventually resettled in the United States of America and is a successful restauranteur in Seattle.  Before this, he and his family suffered much hardship in their native country and a number of refugee camps.

In the book's Epilogue he states:
In the end, I can say I am not a perfect human being.  None of us are.  However, I just try to do the best I can with what I know.  We need to care for each other; we need to look after our neighbours and friends and develop the bond of community so that, in the end, we do what we can to make the world a better place for all of us.

Some great advice for us all with all the conflict occurring in the world today.


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