This is Not Who We Are: Listening to Communities Affected by Communal Violence in Myanmar

This is Not Who We Are: Listening to Communities Affected by Communal Violence in Myanmar

Friday, 6 November 2015 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Venue: 
Dahrendorf Room
Speaker(s): 
Amie Kirkham (CPCS)
Convenor: 
Dr M Walton
Series: 
Southeast Asia Seminar

A Report from the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, Siem Reap, Cambodia

The report elevates community voices from six locations in Myanmar that experienced communal violence to reveal a strong alternative narrative to the one commonly heard on the issue. The most recurrent theme from conversations with the communities is “this is not who we are”. Communities felt the violence that occurred was misplaced in their communities, and they were passionate to prevent it from ever happening again. They identified prevention strategies and suggested ways for their communities to regain inter-religious harmony and rebuild interfaith relationships. Based on the conversations and analysis, the publication proposes a series of recommendations for the Myanmar Government and non-government and civil society organisations.

Amie Kirkham coordinates the Listening Initiatives team at the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, where she focuses on conflict analysis, policy influence and designing conflict intervention initiatives to support the Myanmar peace process. Founded in 2008, CPCS is a Cambodia-based non-governmental organisation (NGO), working in the field of peacebuilding and conflict transformation in Asia. Our aim is to strengthen strategic intervention into armed conflict with the overall goal of reaching sustainable and positive peace in the Asia region.