During my time in Gulu, I experienced the warmth of the Acholi people, through tasting local foods and boda rides and conversation. I look forward to returning in 2016, when Educate! will implement our programs and help empower youth with skills to combat unemployment.
Recovering from conflict is a lifelong journey. Working to change attitudes that support violence and foster those that prevent violence is essential for sustainable peace, not only for couples like Abby and Kyalu, but also for communities and countries.
This year -- as inequality threatens the fabric of the United States and so many countries around the world -- may we all, wherever we are from, recommit to the idea of human equality, of freedom, of dignity.
Every 90 minutes, a woman is raped in Sri Lanka, and is the fifth-worst country in the world for domestic abuse. Yet we boast of our achievements in the millennium development goals and human development indicators. This begs the question, what kind of 'development' are we talking about?