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Born in the Borderlands, Living for Unity: The Story of a Peacebuilder in Northern Uganda

Born in the Borderlands, Living for Unity: The Story of a Peacebuilder in Northern Uganda

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As peacebuilding project officer for Catholic Relief Services (CRS) in Gulu, Sister Pauline Acayo has been instrumental in helping over 2,000 formerly abducted children reintegrate into their communities through the use of mediation, psychosocial trauma counseling and traditional indigenous ceremonies. Through Acayo’s support of women peace committees in internally displaced peoples’ (IDP) camps and encouragement to participate in peace and reconciliation activities, women are gaining influential roles in northern Ugandan society. She trains women task forces and creates community forums for women to voice their views. These task forces also work in coordination with Acayo and CRS to promote reconciliation and forgiveness in communities torn apart by 20 years of war.
As peacebuilding project officer for Catholic Relief Services (CRS) in Gulu, Sister Pauline Acayo has been instrumental in helping over 2,000 formerly abducted children reintegrate into their communities through the use of mediation, psychosocial trauma counseling and traditional indigenous ceremonies. Through Acayo’s support of women peace committees in internally displaced peoples’ (IDP) camps and encouragement to participate in peace and reconciliation activities, women are gaining influential roles in northern Ugandan society. She trains women task forces and creates community forums for women to voice their views. These task forces also work in coordination with Acayo and CRS to promote reconciliation and forgiveness in communities torn apart by 20 years of war.

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Published by: Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice on Jul 28, 2011
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Born in the Borderlands, Living for Unity:The Story of a Peacebuilder in Northern Uganda
A Narrative of the Life and Work of Sister Pauline Silver Acayo
ByEmiko NomaPeace Writer
Edited byShelley Lyford
2005 Women PeaceMakers ProgramJoan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice
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Table of Contents
 Heading Page
 Acronyms 4
“Nothing Happens for Nothing”
6
 The Baby in the Family – Love, Protection, Determination
7
 A Natural and Nurtured Faith
10
 Messages
13
 The Sisterhood 
15
 Day of Dedication
16
 Journey amidst a War 
18
Formal and Informal Education
21
Seven Stones
22
 A January Goodbye
23
 Rebels at Home
24
Calling Them by Name
26
Well-Played Tactics
28
 Education Abroad 
30
 Dampened Homecoming
31
Fifty-One Girls
33
 Abduction and Reintegration
35
Challenges to Reintegration
40
 Joel
42
Okongo
432
 
Patrick 
45
Peace Clubs
46
Women Peace Committees
50
Volunteer Paralegals
53
Protection Working Group
57
 District Resettlement Peace Team
59
 Justice and Peace Commission
60
 Acholi Religious Leaders Peace Initiative
61
The Work Continues
64Bibliography
 
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