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Les Radios Communautaires TN photo

Les Radios Communautaires: Outils de promotion pour la paix, la culture, la démocratie et le développement en Afrique by Abdou Sarr (2011)

French, English

Written by World Education Senegal country director Abdou Sarr, this book is based on World Education's long history of work with community radio. Abdou Sarr has been the driving force behind World Education's work in Senegal to establish the Network of Community Radios for Peace and Development in Casamance, a network of 12 community radio stations in the Casamance. This book presents the essential elements needed for successful community radio as well as the fundamental role that radio has in the development of Africa.

 

 

 

World Education Peace in the Casamance case studyBuilding for Peace and Prosperity in the Casamance Region of Senegal -
A Case Study
(2005)

This case study was funded by USAID through World Education's Building for Peace and Prosperity in the Casamance program. By examining the Casamance environment and project design, the report reveals the outcome of the project and results, provides a theoretical framework for the project's peacebuilding efforts and finally, analyzes lessons learned.

 

 

 


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Stories

Refugees Return to Santhiaba Mandjack

“Peace cannot be built without displaced populations”

Refugees discuss return to their village
Discussions take place between the current residents of Santhiaba Mandjack and refugees who have fled as a result of the conflict.

The community of Santiaba Mandjack, Senegal was devastated by the more than 15-year conflict in the Casamance. The violent attacks between the Senegalese army and the armed wing of the MFDC (le Mouvement des Forces Démocratiques de la Casamance), forced this rural community, consisting of 5,158 inhabitants in 18 villages, to flee and seek refuge in neighboring Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, or in the interior of the country where they hoped to find peace and stability. Now, 15 years later, these “refugees” have decided to return to their home.

In January 2010, with the support of USAID, World Education initiated the two-year Peace in the Casamance program. The goal of this program is to contribute to the consolidation of the peace process in the Casamance by promoting reconciliation and pardon at the community level. As part of this process, the program has aided populations that have abandoned their villages as a result of the conflict, to return home.

The return of refugees was motivated by the efforts of one of the 21 peace committees established by the program. “We have significantly increased the awareness of the populations, both those who have left the community and those who have remained,” says Mexan Sambou, vice president of the rural council and peace committee member. “We have seen positive results.”

The program activities are not limited to raising awareness. “Before meeting with the refugees, we organized a meeting around our traditional ceremonies?, since the people here have great respect for tradition and that which is said in the presence of the ceremonies is respected by all,” says Mexan. “It is true that they left the village because they had problems living there, but peace cannot be built without displaced populations, therefore people must leave behind the negative attitudes they have of each other and together hold to a vision of moving forward.”

World Education, through this program, has supported the organization of cultural weekends, consultations, and other forms of community gathering, that have permitted communities and refugees to come together after 15 years of mistrust. Through increased interaction between communities and refugees, the refugees no longer fear returning to their homes and the communities are ready to welcome them.

This return is not easy, explains Mexan. “Someone who has left his community behind for 15 years and returns, without livestock, without a home, he must consider how to rebuild.” But they are not alone in this endeavor. They benefit from the support of the peace committees as well as from other NGOs in the region working to rebuild villages. Today, Santhiaba Mandjack, one of the communities most affected by the conflict, is beginning to rediscover its past vitality.

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