Religion source for conflict resource for peace and Restorative Justice

Religion can be both a source of conflict and a resource for peace. While historical and cultural differences in religious beliefs have fueled conflicts, many faith traditions also emphasize principles of peace, compassion, and justice. Restorative justice, rooted in repairing harm and promoting healing, can draw on these shared values to facilitate reconciliation. Interfaith dialogue and collaboration often play a crucial role in leveraging religious perspectives for peacebuilding and fostering a sense of common humanity.

How to respond to the challenging roles of religion as source of conflict and resources for peace and justice

Religion can serve as a source of conflict when misinterpreted or manipulated for political purposes. Divisive interpretations of religious doctrines may contribute to intolerance, discrimination, and even violence. History is replete with examples where religious differences have been exploited to justify conflicts.

On the flip side, religions also offer valuable resources for peace and justice. Many faith traditions advocate for compassion, forgiveness, and reconciliation, providing a moral framework for resolving disputes. Religious leaders and communities often play pivotal roles in peacebuilding initiatives, leveraging their influence to promote dialogue and understanding.

Navigating the challenging roles of religion requires careful consideration of diverse interpretations and a commitment to promoting the positive aspects of faith, emphasizing shared values that foster harmony and justice.

How and when can religion serve as a source of conflict

Religion can serve as a source of conflict under various circumstances, often when certain conditions align:

1. **Interpretation Differences:** Conflicts can arise when individuals or groups interpret religious texts differently, leading to disagreements on beliefs, practices, and values.

2. **Identity and Exclusivity:** When religion becomes intertwined with identity, adherents may perceive their faith as exclusive, leading to tensions with those of different religious backgrounds.

3. **Political Manipulation:** Politicians may exploit religious sentiments to mobilize support or divert attention from other issues. This manipulation can exacerbate existing religious tensions.

4. **Resource Competition:** Limited resources, such as land or economic opportunities, may be linked to religious identity, sparking conflicts over access and control.

5. **Historical Grievances:** Long-standing historical conflicts rooted in religious differences can persist and resurface, perpetuating animosities.

6. **Lack of Religious Freedom:** Restrictions on religious freedom or attempts to impose a dominant religion can lead to resistance and conflict among diverse religious communities.

Religious conflicts often arise when these factors intersect, creating a complex landscape where grievances, power struggles, and identity issues contribute to tension and strife.

About the author
Fidèle Ayu Lumeya
is a conflict Transformation, peace and Restorative justice researcher, writer and book publisher. He and his family lives in between Arizona (USA) and Kinshasa .

In which case restorative Justice intersects with moral and physical Injuries

Restorative justice seeks to address harm caused by wrongdoing through dialogue and reconciliation, aiming to repair relationships. In cases involving moral and physical injuries, restorative justice processes focus on both the emotional and tangible aspects of harm. This approach allows for the acknowledgment of the moral dimensions of wrongdoing and the tangible consequences of physical injuries, fostering a holistic and healing response.

Moral injuries pertain to the psychological and emotional harm caused by actions that violate one’s ethical or moral code. This can result from experiences like betrayal, guilt, or witnessing events that conflict with personal values.

On the other hand, physical injuries involve harm to the body, ranging from minor cuts and bruises to severe trauma. These injuries can result from accidents, violence, or other harmful actions.

In certain situations, individuals may experience a combination of moral and physical injuries, such as in cases of assault where the victim not only suffers physical harm but also undergoes emotional distress due to the violation of personal boundaries and ethical norms. Addressing both aspects is crucial for comprehensive healing and justice.

What is ethical and moral code

An ethical code or moral code refers to a set of principles or guidelines that govern an individual’s behavior based on what is considered right or wrong within a particular context or belief system. Ethical and moral codes are often shaped by cultural, religious, philosophical, or personal influences.

Ethical codes typically encompass principles such as honesty, integrity, fairness, and respect for others. They provide a framework for individuals to make decisions and conduct themselves in a manner that aligns with their values.

Moral codes often include broader principles related to what is perceived as morally right or wrong, often influenced by cultural norms, religious teachings, and individual conscience. These codes guide individuals in distinguishing between acceptable and unacceptable behavior.

While the terms “ethical” and “moral” are sometimes used interchangeably, ethics is often associated with a more formalized system of principles, while morality may be more subjective and personal.

How can the civil Society organizations bridge the divide in a deeply divide society in the Great Region of the Africa Great Lakes

In the Great Lakes region of Africa, civil society organizations can play a pivotal role in bridging divides by:

1. **Promoting Dialogue:** Facilitate open and inclusive dialogues that encourage communication among different ethnic and social groups, fostering understanding and empathy.

2. **Conflict Resolution Training:** Provide conflict resolution training to communities, helping them develop skills to peacefully address differences and find common ground.

3. **Cultural Exchange Programs:** Organize cultural exchange initiatives to celebrate diversity, break down stereotypes, and promote appreciation for various ethnic backgrounds.

4. **Community Development Projects:** Implement projects that benefit the entire community, emphasizing shared goals and encouraging collaboration irrespective of ethnic or tribal affiliations.

5. **Advocacy for Inclusive Policies:** Advocate for policies that promote inclusivity and address the root causes of ethnic tensions, working towards creating a more equitable and just society.

6. **Education and Awareness:** Conduct educational campaigns to raise awareness about the negative consequences of ethnic divisions and promote a sense of national identity.

7. **Trauma Healing Programs:** Implement programs that address the historical traumas within communities, fostering healing and reconciliation.

8. **Media Engagement:** Encourage responsible media reporting that avoids exacerbating ethnic tensions, and promote narratives that highlight shared values and aspirations.

9. **Youth Engagement:** Engage with youth through programs that encourage cross-cultural friendships, tolerance, and a sense of shared responsibility for the community’s future.

10. **Collaboration with Government:** Work collaboratively with government bodies to implement policies that support social cohesion and address the root causes of ethnic tensions.

By focusing on these strategies, civil society organizations can contribute significantly to bridging divides and fostering a more unified and cohesive society in the Great Lakes region of Africa.

L’ humilité la justice et la sagesse pour une Societe justpaix

Avoir l’humilité, la justice et la sagesse dans la vie est important pour plusieurs raisons : 

  1. **L’humilité favorise les relations harmonieuses** : Être humble signifie reconnaître ses propres limites et ne pas se vanter. Cela favorise des relations interpersonnelles plus harmonieuses, car l’humilité permet d’écouter les autres, d’admettre ses erreurs et de favoriser la compréhension mutuelle. 
  1. **La justice crée l’équité** : La justice implique de traiter les gens de manière équitable, en fonction de critères éthiques et moraux. Cela contribue à réduire les inégalités, à promouvoir les droits de l’homme et à maintenir la cohésion sociale. 
  1. **La sagesse guide les choix éclairés** : La sagesse est essentielle pour prendre des décisions judicieuses dans la vie. Elle permet d’évaluer les conséquences à long terme de nos actions et de choisir ce qui est le mieux pour soi-même et pour les autres. 
  1. **Vivre une vie éthique** : L’humilité, la justice et la sagesse sont des composantes importantes de la moralité et de l’éthique. Elles contribuent à une vie éthique en favorisant le respect des autres, l’équité et la prise de décisions réfléchies. 
  1. **Le bien-être personnel** : Cultiver ces qualités peut contribuer au bien-être personnel. L’humilité peut réduire le stress lié à la compétition et à l’ego. La justice peut apporter un sentiment de satisfaction morale, et la sagesse peut aider à éviter des choix dommageables. 

En somme, avoir de l’humilité, de la justice et de la sagesse dans la vie peut contribuer à une vie plus équilibrée, éthique et épanouissante, tant sur le plan personnel que dans nos interactions avec les autres et la société en général.

Réponses aux crises humanitaires dans Les Grands Lacs Africains

Répondre aux urgences humanitaires surtout dans les Grands Lacs Africains  nécessite une approche multiforme. Voici quelques leçons apprises et bonnes pratiques : 

  1. Préparation et planification : Élaborer des plans d’intervention d’urgence bien définis qui incluent les rôles, les responsabilités et les ressources. Mettre régulièrement à jour ces plans en fonction des enseignements tirés des situations d’urgence précédentes. 
  1. Coordination : Une coordination efficace entre les différentes parties prenantes, notamment les gouvernements, les ONG et les organisations internationales, est cruciale. Établissez une chaîne de commandement et de communication claire pour éviter la duplication des efforts. 
  1. Évaluation des besoins : Mener des évaluations rapides et précises des besoins pour comprendre les exigences spécifiques de la population affectée. Utilisez des données quantitatives et qualitatives pour éclairer la réponse. 
  1. Engagement local : Impliquez les communautés et les organisations locales dès le départ. Ils possèdent souvent une connaissance précieuse du contexte et peuvent contribuer à une réponse plus efficace. 
  1. Mobilisation des ressources : sécuriser le financement et les ressources à l’avance pour garantir une réponse rapide. Collaborer avec les donateurs, tant gouvernementaux que privés, et maintenir la transparence dans la gestion financière. 
  1. Sûreté et sécurité : donner la priorité à la sûreté et à la sécurité des travailleurs humanitaires et des populations affectées. Adhérez aux protocoles de sécurité et adaptez-les à l’évolution de la situation.

Challenges and opportunities for conflict transformation in the Israel-Hamas war are complex


**Deep Historical and Political Divides**: The conflict is deeply rooted in historical and political grievances, making it challenging to find common ground and build trust between the parties. 

  1. **External Interference**: Various international actors have their interests in the conflict, which can either exacerbate the situation or provide opportunities for mediation. 
  1. **Lack of Effective Communication**: Poor communication between the parties often leads to misunderstandings and escalation of violence. 
  1. **Humanitarian Crisis**: The ongoing suffering of civilians in the region creates a sense of urgency but also adds to the complexities of addressing the conflict. 
  1. **Extremist Elements**: Radical factions on both sides can undermine peace efforts and escalate the conflict. 


  1. **International Mediation**: Diplomatic efforts, facilitated by international bodies or third-party mediators, can provide a platform for negotiations and conflict resolution. 
  1. **Local Grassroots Initiatives**: Encouraging dialogue and reconciliation at the local level can foster understanding and build bridges between communities. 
  1. **Civil Society Engagement**: Involving civil society organizations, including women and youth, can help promote peaceful coexistence and offer fresh perspectives. 
  1. **Humanitarian Diplomacy**: Addressing the humanitarian crisis can serve as a starting point for dialogue and confidence-building measures between the parties. 
  1. **Confidence-Building Measures**: Implementing small steps to build trust and reduce tensions can create a conducive environment for negotiations. 
  1. **Addressing Root Causes**: Efforts should also focus on addressing the underlying causes of the conflict, such as economic disparities and issues related to self-determination. 
  1. **International Support for Two-State Solution**: Reiterating global support for a two-state solution and encouraging the parties to engage in meaningful negotiations can be a step toward lasting peace. 

These recommendations require a collective and sustained effort from the international community, including regional powers, to support a comprehensive approach to conflict transformation in the Israel-Hamas war.

DRC Awareness and Fundraising Tour 2022

Greetings From the Democratic Republic of Congo!

Fidele and I are happy to announce the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Awareness and Fundraising Tour! I will be traveling throughout areas on both the East and West Coast of the United States in March thru mid-June, 2022. 

The purpose of the tour is to raise awareness and funds for our work by presenting current information concerning DRC, the work we are doing, and our future plans and projects. 

Oral presentations include the use of PowerPoint slides containing a multitude of photos and illustrations. In addition to general introductory information, hosting persons/organizations may choose to focus on specific areas of interest: Peacebuilding, Trauma Education, Agriculture, Improving Lives of Women, and Faith Communities. Presentations can be adjusted to fit audience interest and time restrictions. 

A display containing information about TUBA, books authored by Fidele Lumeya, CDs containing original songs by Fidele, and photographs and wall art depicting the land and people of Congo is also available. 

Attached you will find: 

·         Letter introducing the Awareness & Fundraising Tour 2022

·         Introduction to TUBA

·         Newsletters spanning the 2 years we have lived in DRC 

·         A list of dates available in specific regions of the US 

We are asking for your help. Please, consider the information provided and allow me to share our work with your group, organization, institution and/or faith community.  

For more information contact: 
Fidele Ayu Lumeya 011 243 82 70 35 287
Email: [email protected][email protected].

Thank you.


Leah Lumeya

Building safe environment for schools

Project name: Building a Safe and Healthy School Environment

Millions of children and adults across the DR Congo spend their days in school buildings. Many of these buildings are dire need of repair or replacement. Students need a safe, healthy environment in which to learn & thrive.

TUBA has begun a staged project to improve the school environment in Kafumba and Malela.

Stage 1: Build desks

Currently, students sit on the dirt floor, or on wooden poles. They sit with backs bent as they write on the floor or with a tablet balanced on the pole before them…. all day long.

Stage 2: Erect a common/community building in Malela.

This will provide a secured area to store the the desks when not in use. It will also provide an area for school assemblies & meetings, vocational classes for older students, and community and church functions.

Stage 3: Repair and/or replace school buildings.

TUBA has submitted this project to funding agencies,

Stage 4: Provide books and materials for students.

A large number of students complete the required 12 years without ever having a text book, or access to any book. Information is written on a blackboard and students copy it and take notes.

Stage 1: Desks

Implementing Agency: TUBA

Locations: Kafumba and Malela

Province: Kwilu

Country: DR Congo

Cost: $30,000

Number: 600 desks

Period: 2021

Need: partners.

Cost: 50$/ desk (2-3 students per desk

Multipurpose Hall in Malela

Multipurpose Hall

TUBA is offering to Malela village a multipurpose hall. Students,  farmers and others will use this hall for multiple program.
 $5= 1 corrugated Iron cost.
We have 15. 
45 are needed. 
Your financial contribution is needed.

Construction à Malela de notre Salle Multiservice. 

Malembe malembe.
Mwendo ya Gambiya, 
Petit à petit, 
One step at a time.
Une tôle coûte $5 vos contributions  sont attendues.
 Nous avons déjà 15. 
45 manquent.

Project name: Safe and Healthy school environments.

Project name: Safe and Healthy  school environments.

Millions of children and adults across the DR Congo spend their days in school buildings, and they need safe, healthy environments to thrive, learn, and succeed. Thus, this  project.
Implementing Agency: TUBA
Locations: Kafumba and Malela
Province: Kwilu
Country: DR Congo
Cost: $10,000- $5000
Number: 600 desks and one multi service room
Period: 2021
Need: partners.
Cost: 35$/ desk