The Importance of National Reconciliation for Effective Post-Conflict Peace-Building in Burundi

Mpore, Lioba Joseph (2007) The Importance of National Reconciliation for Effective Post-Conflict Peace-Building in Burundi. Masters thesis, Hekima University College a Constituent College of the Catholic University of Eastern Africa.

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Peace-building is a multiplicity of interdependent actions that contribute to the constructive transformation of the conflict. It can range from conflict negotiations to conflict settlement, democratic elections to eradicating structural violence. Among all these interdependent activities of peace-building, reconciliation is an important element. For a long time reconciliation has been limited to religion. In recent years, social demands have moved reconciliation to secular vocabulary, especially in those countries moving out from violent conflict. Reconciliation is rapidly becoming important in those countries making hard transition from dictatorships to democracy It is important to note that, the reconciliation process in South Africa, for example, cannot be the same as the one conducted in Bosnia, El Salvador, Chile, and Argentina. Therefore, each society must discover its own route to reconciliation depending on the nature of the conflict. In some countries, reconciliation will deal with former perpetrators. While others will focus on forgiveness. From the perspective, reconciliation is defined according to a particular context. In this research, the context is the Burudian conflict. In this analysis, the key issues to be looked at are causes, actors and dynamics of the conflict. This systematic study of analysing conflict attempts to identify the possible factors contributed to the eruption of war in Burundi. Such a background will be followed by the methodology chapter with the presentation and analysed data in the light of hypotheses. The chapter concerning the dynamics of the reconciliation will follow. In this chapter the focus is to evaluate the understanding of reconciliation in different fields.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D839 Post-war History, 1945 on
K Law > KZ Law of Nations
Divisions: Africana
Depositing User: Geoffrey Obatsa
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2017 09:41
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2017 09:41

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