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    Peruvian quilts in the making: The Peruvian Forensic Anthropology Team (EPAF), a longtime AP partner, is helping relatives of the disappeared in southern Peru to produce embroidered squares for advocacy quilts. This photo shows relatives from the village of Sacsamarca, which was hard-hit by violence during Peru’s dirty war, quilting together in October. As Peace Fellow T.J. Bradley explains in a recent blog, the quilters were inspired by the weavers at Bosfam in Bosnia. Read the blog by visiting the Fellows tab above. Click to stay on this image and caption.

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    Soap therapy: Survivors of sexual violence make soap at the center run by Sini Sanuman, AP’s partner in Mali. The center offers survivors a chance to recover in the company of other women while learning to make soap, make clothes and produce embroidered squares for an advocacy quilt. Peace Fellow Giorgia Nicatore has taken a leave from Georgetown University, where she studies Conflict Resolution, to support the program. Read her blogs by visiting the Fellows tab above. Click to stay on this image and caption.

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    Curbing child labor in the brick kilns of Nepal. Peace Fellow Gisele Bolton is working at CONCERN, a new AP partner in Nepal which is seeking to eliminate child labor from seven large brick kilns in Kathmandu. Poor families come to Kathmandu from far-off districts and even India in October to work in the brick industry. CONCERN provides day care facilities and educational opportunities to their children as an alternative to work. Read Gisele’s blogs by visiting the Fellows tab above. Click to stay on this image and caption.



Village Chiefs Join the Campaign against War Rape in the Eastern Congo

December 2, 2014

Bakeche village, DRC: Sitting under a mango tree recently in Bakeche, a picturesque village in eastern Congo, I watched local leaders discuss the momentous change that had come to their community after a militia member was arrested for raping a young woman. The hero of the hour was the chief of Bakeche, Badanwa Atako (photo). In May, Mr Atako attended training given by SOS Femmes en Danger Read more…   

Students with Disability Face Bullies and Inaccessible Toilets in Uganda

November 19, 2014

Gulu, Uganda: Patrick Ojok from the Gulu Disabled Persons Union (GDPU), made his way carefully through the outhouses at the Tochi school in northern Uganda. An agency had installed an accessible toilet at the school some years earlier. The toilet was clean, but missing a seat. The ramp and door were too narrow for a wheel chair. The handrails were low. Outside, two large water tanks, intended for hand-washing, lay in ruins. Read more…   

Village Chiefs Join the Campaign against War Rape in the Eastern Congo

November 15, 2014

Bamako, Mali: Mariam still carries the scars from when she was slashed and raped by Islamic militants during the occupation of northern Mali in 2012. Mariam’s two nieces were also raped in front of her eyes, and died. Even so, Mariam’s mind was on other things when she met a visiting team from The Advocacy Project (AP) in Bamako recently. Mariam was making soap – and enjoying it. Read more…   

Agent Orange Lives on in Vietnam, Poisoning Children and Ruining Lives

September 2, 2014

Quang Binh, Vietnam: While Le Ba Thuan was recruiting soldiers for the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War, he would watch American planes spraying herbicide and try to avoid the contaminated areas. He never quite succeeded and for the past fifty years he has suffered from heart disease, high blood pressure, constant headaches, and skin rashes. Le Ban Thuan (right) was exposed to Agent Orange. His daughter, Le Thi Hang, has been paralyzed since birth. But compared to his family Thuan is lucky. Read more…   

Recyclers Confront the Plastic Peril in a Kampala Slum

August 8, 2014

Kampala, Uganda: An association of women has vowed to remove 100,000 plastic bags from the Kinawataka slum district of Kampala, where they live, in a determined attempt to repel a plastic invasion that is clogging drains, sickening children, and killing animals. The campaign will be launched by the Kinawataka Women Initiatives (KIWOI) under the leadership of Benedicta Nanyonga, a prominent Ugandan advocate for the environment and women’s rights. KIWOI has been a partner of The Advocacy Project (AP) since 2011. Read more…   


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