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Acknowledgement of Wrongs is Key to Conflict Transformation


Conflict can be conceived as simply as social, political and/or even cognitive variable such as the inability or/and unwillingness to mutually agree how to handle differences. But it can be worse than this. It can be conceived as total collapse of structures. It can also be damaged relations characterised by lack and/or lost trust, communication etc. But, still it can degenerate into many forms of violence. In this latter case, death and destruction are currencies. The best we can do in this latter level of conflict is to acknowledge that certain levels of harm and damage were caused as a result of such human incompatibilities and that such losses were never natural. Why should it be so difficult for humanity to accept that death occurred - that someone actually did not die but was killed and that a human being fully loaded with not only feelings but also endowed with humanity was actually reaped or maimed during a violent conflict? Is this not the basic minimum in the initial processes of searching for ways out of violent conflicts? Do we do this? If yes and no are the answers respectively then we know exactly where we should retrace our steps to.

Acknowledgement of Wrongs is Key to Conflict Transformation Acknowledgement of Wrongs is Key to Conflict Transformation Reviewed by Ibrahim Magara on July 11, 2018 Rating: 5

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