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Peacebuilders International works to create a sustainable just-peace, especially in the Asia-Pacific Region. Some of those trained as peacebuilders and the arenas in which they work are depicted on this site. Photography is a tool for recording and research into conflicts as well as a means to generate creativity and reflection, both of which are essential to peacebuilding.

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Thank you Ishmael. It was a great privilege for me too! The shortcut hike, the hospitality, the friendship, the people, the stories shared with me, the visit to Anofiu, the waterfalls, the housebuilding, the long walk back to Kwaiafa and the caring of all the people make me very grateful.


They were interviewing me about the reconciliation between people who came from Malaita to "meet their enemies" and the host people on the Weather Coast of Guadalcanal. When the TV program went to air people in Honiara began to realise that conflict can be transformed. We were restoring peace.

Three things happened there: 1. reconciliation, 2. a summit of leaders from the two groups to decide on the next steps in the process of reconciliation and building of peace, 3. then followed a mission to the people of Guadalcanal by the people from Malaita who apologised for Malaitan part in the conflict while the local Guadalcanal people hosted the team from Malaita. There were 38 representing Malaita.

Both Made and Tanya continue to make a difference in their respective societies: Made in Denpasar and Tanya in Parramatta.

If you see this posting, Jim Evans, you will be pleased to know that I have finally visited Sue Allen, albeit impromptu and a surprise, finding her at home with her daughters. We had a delightful 40 minutes together, and found much in common beside our interest in landscape photography. It wasn't hard to locate her, for her postings of images of her home property was all the direction I needed. And if you ever decide to set sail for the antipodes, you will be made very welcome by both of us... and we can show you some trains and let you loose in several harbours!


Belated greetings, Berend.

The terra rosa is very heavy when wet, and that is most of the time in Solomon Islands. It has been a while since I visited these images, but the reason I have just found your old comments is that my travelling companion on that muddy day, a Solomon Islander, is staying with us at the moment. It is a real privilege to be sharing time together, R&R for him, from the demands of his peacebuilding work.

Mostly by manpower, Berend. Itt is amazing what 20 male passengers can do with a truck.

Thank you, Peter. We have had some wonderful weather during each of our NZ visits, although it always includes times for staying in urban areas where it is possible to shelter in coffee shops!


Thank you Daniel!

Best regards, May

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