In December 2014 Kirsten Kristensen together with 4 NVC colleagues offered 7-days “Healing and Reconciliation through Nonviolent Communication” in Nepal – after 10 years of civil war.

Watch the documentary:
“Raamro Aakha Ma (In the Eyes of the Good)” about the NVC training project and its results. See how people move from wanting punishment to wanting to listen and understand.

Hier ist der Link zu der deutschen Version des Films:

Here is a quote from the opening speech by Jeannine Suurmond:

“How can the people in Nepal heal what has been broken or hurt?
The estimate numbers of people who died, were harmed or disappeared during the armed conflict are regularly cited in the newspapers.
Less often we hear about the pain of the thousands of perpetrators, the bystanders, and the millions of people who had to live in a country at war with itself.
Either directly or indirectly, violence touches the lives of many more people than just the victims and perpetrators. It touches future lives, the lives of unborn children and grandchildren.”

Read the full speech here Suurmond Opening Speech Nepal 17 Dec 2014

Dialogue with Dignity

Kirsten says on the last day: “Our NVC training in Nepal has come to an end. I enjoyed the eagerness to learn and willingness to engage and connect. I so much appreciate the healing and release of pain that I had the privilege to witness. We ended with a Restorative Circle where victims of the war, ex-warriors, members of Local Peace Committees and government together created an action plan after deep listening for 2 days. I will always remember these days as: Dialogue with Dignity”

Nepal has a  “Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction”

After the civil war Nepal established something very rare and at the same time very promising and encouraging: A Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction.

The Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction (MOPR) was created in 2007 and mandated to support and facilitate the peace process in Nepal. A narrow interpretation of its mandate and role extends to aid project coordination and funding for infrastructure reconstruction (like police stations) and disbursement of relief funds to conflict affected persons as well as management of the cantonments and rehabilitation of combatants. A wider aspiration and interpretation expects the ministry to provide active and technical support to the on-going peace process and negotiations as well as being an agent for peace building and conflict transformation. The MoPR oversees the Local Peace Committees that have been set up in every district.

Imagine that all countries will develop an Infrastructure for Peace, Education for Peace, A Culture of Peace, and we could all experience living peacefully 🙂