Peace Cup Tournament and Scoring for Peace Documentary
The Peace Cup tournament was organized to promote reconciliation in communities that had suffered greatly from violence and to give a sense of pride and belonging to participants through the unifying power of sport. Divided by years of war and conflict, young men across four African countries were brought together by their common passion for football.
Throughout the spring and summer 2012, 41 football teams across Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Uganda competed in national championships. On each team, about half of the players were former soldiers and the rest community members. The ex-combatants were either former military personnel or former rebels from various armed groups. Some had joined the ranks voluntarily, others were abducted and forced to join. Demobilization and reintegration commissions in Burundi and Rwanda organized the tournaments, while NGOs handled the organization in DRC and Uganda.
The tournament was not just about the right to be crowned as victors in a football game. The Peace Cup demonstrated that the stigma of having taken part in combat could be worn away by humanizing ex-combatants and their host communities through collective social action. This in turn could begin to repair the social fabric torn apart by years of violent conflict. The Peace Cup also proved that football is not just a game, but also a readily available tool to combat discrimination and create an environment where everyone feels equal. Louis Emmanuel Oloyotoo Okello of Winterbury FC, Gulu, simply expressed his joy: "I feel very happy to participate in the Peace Cup. My teammate Zar, I pass the ball to him, he passes it to me. I don't see him as an ex-soldier". To learn more about the Tournament and the documentary Scoring for Peace. Please visit http://www.tdrp.net/scoringforpeace/thetournament.php
Handbook on Peace, Democracy and Human Rights:
TDRP completed the production of a handbook for ex-combatants titled "Peace, Democracy, and Human Rights", which was launched at the DDR conference in Tunis, Tunisia. Drawing primarily from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights, this handbook is meant to aid the ex-combatants to learn their rights and obligation as they return to civil life. Its online publication can be found on our publication page in three languages: English, French, and Arabic.