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Healing the Wounds of War: Sylvie Maunga Mbanga of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Healing the Wounds of War: Sylvie Maunga Mbanga of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Sylvie Maunga Mbanga, a trained lawyer, works with seven local organizations in the fight against sexual violence against women in the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). As coordinator of the program against sexual violence for the Interchurch Organization for Development Cooperation (ICCO) and Church in Action, as well as the program officer for the peacebuilding and conflict transformation program at the Life and Peace Institute, Mbanga also consults for other agencies and groups, providing counseling and legal services to victims of rape and sexual violence.
Sylvie Maunga Mbanga, a trained lawyer, works with seven local organizations in the fight against sexual violence against women in the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). As coordinator of the program against sexual violence for the Interchurch Organization for Development Cooperation (ICCO) and Church in Action, as well as the program officer for the peacebuilding and conflict transformation program at the Life and Peace Institute, Mbanga also consults for other agencies and groups, providing counseling and legal services to victims of rape and sexual violence.

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Published by: Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice on Jul 28, 2011
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 TABLE OF CONTENTSI.
 
 About the Women PeaceMakers Program
………………………………
 
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II.
 
Biography of a Woman PeaceMaker
 – Sylvie Maunga Mbanga …………. 2
III.
 
Conflict History
 – Democratic Republic of the Congo …………………... 3
IV.
 
Integrated Timeline
Political Developments and Personal History ……. 7
 V.
 
Narrative Stories of the Life and Work of Sylvie Maunga Mbanga
a.
 
God’s Plan ……………………………………………………………. 11b.
 
Fighting the War within the Wari. Furaha: A Friend’s Story …………………………………………….. 17ii. Zawadi: A Mother’s Story …………………………………………… 19iii. Kashindi: A Child’s Story ……………………………………………. 22iv. Asina: A Wife’s Story ………………………………………………… 26c.
 
 Ni ya mudamu yenu ile kazi 
(This Work It Is from Your Blood)i. Papa ………………………………………………………………….. 35ii. Edwige ……………………………………………………………….. 40d.
 
Democracy’s Trials …………………………………………………….. 43e.
 
Epilogue ……………………………………………………………….. 52
 VI.
 
 A Conversation with Sylvie Maunga Mbanga
…………………………...
 
55
 VII.
 
Best Practices in Peacebuilding
………………………………………….
 
70
 VIII.
 
Further Reading
 – Democratic Republic of the Congo …………………… 73
IX.
 
Biography of a Peace Writer
Jennifer Freeman ………………………… 74
X.
 
 Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice
………………………………
 
75
XI.
 
University of San Diego
…………………………………………………..
 
76
XII.
 
List of Acronyms
…………………………………………………………..
 
77
XIII.
 
Endnotes
…………………………………………………………………...
 
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HEALING THE WOUNDS OF WAR MBANGA DRC
 ABOUT THE WOMEN PEACEMAKERS PROGRAM
Made possible through a generous grant from the Fred J. Hansen Foundation, the Joan B.Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice’s (IPJ) Women PeaceMakers Program annually hosts four womenfrom around the world who have been involved in human rights and peacemaking efforts in theircountries. Women on the frontline of efforts to end violence and secure a just peace seldom recordtheir experiences, activities and insights – as generally there is no time, or, perhaps, no formaleducation that would help them record their stories. The Women PeaceMakers Program is aselective program for leaders who want to document, share and build upon their uniquepeacemaking stories. Selected peacemakers join the IPJ for an eight-week residency. Women PeaceMakers are paired with a Peace Writer to document in written form their story of living in conflict and building peace in their communities and nations. The peacemakers’ storiesare also documented on film by the IPJ’s partner organization Sun & Moon Vision Productions. While in residence at the institute, Women PeaceMakers give presentations on their work and thesituation in their home countries to the university and San Diego communities. The IPJ believes that women’s stories go beyond headlines to capture the nuance of complexsituations and expose the realities of gender-based violence, thus providing an understanding of conflict and an avenue to its transformation. The narrative stories of Women PeaceMakers not only provide this understanding, but also show the myriad ways women construct peace in the midst of and after violence and war. For the realization of peace with justice, the voices of women – thoseseverely affected by violent conflict and struggling courageously and creatively to build community from the devastation – must be recorded, disseminated and spotlighted.
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 In the following pages, you will find these narrative stories along with supplementalinformation to provide a deep understanding of the conflict and one person’s journey within it. These supplements include a brief biography of the peacemaker, a historical summary of theconflict, a timeline integrating political developments in the country with personal history of thepeacemaker, a question-and-answer transcript of select interviews, and a table of best practices inpeacebuilding as demonstrated by the peacemaker.
 WOMEN PEACEMAKERS PROGRAM JOAN B. KROC INSTITUTE FOR PEACE & JUSTICE JOAN B. KROC SCHOOL OF PEACE STUDIESUNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO
 
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