Description of the visit
The activity started at 9: 15 AM and was completed at 12:30 pm. Students arrived at the work place of HROC and IPB. Then, after a session of self-introduction of participants, the legal representative of IPB, Mr. Nahimana Elisée presented about the mission, vision, objectives and target group of IPB. In addition to that, he explained about activities which are conducted among university students.
After, the legal representative of HROC presented about HROC as an organization and HROC as an approach for trauma healing and trust building for development. He came back on the origin of HROC as an local approach developed by Burundian and Rwandan in order to cope with their context of post war period. Rev. Nahimana Elie explained that HROC, with its emphasis on the community healing is an approach which fit the African context of life in community. He deepened the concept of community by stressing that in Africa everything is done in the community even the violence. Therefore, it is crucial to handle the violence in the community. Furthermore, he explained the violent conflict context and showed the contribution of HROC in trying to break the cycle of violence which is obvious. In brief, due to different and many wars in the past, Burundians experience violence from physical to structural even to psychological without ignoring the Violence Based on Gender directed mainly to females due to the culture. Thus, they were wounded in their hearts and, also, they lost the trust and hope. Therefore, it is important to healing those wounded hearts and rebuilding the lost trust, the exact work of HROC.
The coordinator of HROC also pointed out some exercises used during HROC workshops and others organized sessions.
The third presentation was delivered by Students from PIASS who presented about their club’s structure and activities.
In addition, a session of questions and answers was undertaken. Interesting questions rose from students and comprehensive and interesting answers were given to them. However, all the questions were not answer due to time limitation.
Last, the president of PIASS Peace Club together with the Coordinator of HROC planted the friendship tree which will serve as a memorial symbol for the visit.