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18 Oct - The Concept of Conflict

‘Understanding the Concept of Conflict’

Amnesty International Leeds Group

October 18th 2007

Room 1, Leeds Civic Hall, Leeds City Centre

Another place to look for hope is in the future and for that it is often useful to listen to those who have been through civil wars and conflicts and some how used that experience to build a foundation for the future.  Such a couple are Kongosi and Ben Musssanzi wa Mussangu, who are both from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) which suffered nearly continual civil war from 1996 to 2005 during which an estimated 4 million people died.  During the 1990s Ben and Kongosi initiated the establishment of the Centre for Resolution of Conflict (CRC) of Nyankunde in DRC and continued to work for peace through the Congolese civil war until in 2001 Nyankunde was systematically destroyed by militias and the Mussanzi family were evacuated to Bradford in the UK for their own safety.   After obtaining their masters at Bradford University they helped to set up a Centre for Resolution of Conflict in Bradford and continue this local and global work up to this day.

At this month’s meeting Kongosi and Ben in their own unique way will help us to understand the concept of conflict and how with such understanding it is possible in even the most extreme conditions to begin to build peace by resolving the conflicts of the past.

For me I think the greatest source of hope is people such as Kongosi and Ben!

Your most obedient secretary

Clive Briscoe

(From Leeds Amnesty Newsletter)

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