Jamii Ya Kupatanisha (JYAK)

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JYAK has grown into a vibrant national organisation for peacebuilding, conflict management and human rights promotion in Uganda.

Founded by the UNESCO Peace Education Laureate 2000 Noble Prize Winner, Rt. Rev. Bishop Nelson Onono Onweng, Jamii Ya Kupatanisha (JYAK) - a Swahili phrase meaning Fellowship of Reconciliation - is engaged in peacebuilding and conflict management. From its beginning as a peace club in 1988, JYAK has grown into a vibrant national organisation for peacebuilding, conflict management and human rights promotion, with a particular focus on regions that are affected by military and civil conflicts in Uganda.

In the past few years, JYAK has been active in seeking a peaceful end to the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) conflict in northern Uganda, and in 2007 began engaging in post-conflict and reintegration programmes. One such programme involves reintegrating ex-combatants that were formerly abducted by the LRA and resettling internally displaced persons in northern Uganda; providing peace education for conflict-ridden communities in the region, including the Amuru, Gulu, Pader and Kitgum districts; and carrying out national and regional-based lobbying and advocacy campaigns for peace, good governance and the respect of human rights in Uganda.


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