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Interfaith Community Produces Peace Building Movie

{videobox}https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FsDzNiL_9BQ||display=box, width=640, height=360, style="float: right; margin-left: 10px;"{/videobox}In the village Samirukun (Peaceful village), Christian and Muslim communities carrying sticks and torches meet in the middle of the village, both communities showing fierce faces toward the other. The Christian group is upset because someone attempted to poison their preacher. The Islamic community is angry becuse their donation box was stolen. A clash between religions was narrowly averted through the intervention of the religious leaders (Click on the image to the right to view the movie).

This is the scene from a short movie produced by an interfaith-community in a setting in Central Java province, Indonesia. They produced this film out of concern for the rise of intolerant acts in Indonesia. Along with the freedom of expression after the fall of the repressive regime in Indonesia, fundamentalist ideologies took the stage. Now they are spreading an intolerant ideology.

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Trauma Rehabilitation in Bougainville

I have been busy doing other work for other NGOs, FBOs [Faith-based Organizations] and the government and have been involved in some national emergencies, assisting traumatized students last year, but doing more community trauma work and peace building in Bougainville.

At the moment, the UN is carrying out an analysis on peace and development which aims to assist Bougainville with some way forward and trauma rehabilitation has been identified as a vital program for development.

Bougainville has some level of peace, but this is challenged by the factions in parliament as they continue to politicize issues of peace and development.

The UN is doing a wonderful job of facilitating and advising the leaders, but the bureaucracy sometimes makes it hard to push on with reform programs in priority areas of developmental needs, so trauma rehabilitation continues to pose some problems for us.

Francis Semoso

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