Tag Archives : Reconciliation and Reconstruction

Linda Biehl (United States of America)

  Radical forgiveness Photo by The Moon Magazine Originally published on The Moon Magazine In 1993, Amy Biehl, a 26-year-old Stanford University graduate, was a Fulbright scholar in South Africa, researching black South African women’s struggle for equality in the new constitution being negotiated to replace the apartheid government.  On August 25, she left her […]



Immaculée Ilibagiza (Rwanda)

  Surviving genocide Photo by The Moon Magazine Originally published on The Moon Magazine Immaculée Ilibagiza was a 22-year-old engineering student at the National University of Rwanda in 1994 when life as she had known it came to a horrific end. Over the course of approximately one hundred days following the assassination of Hutu president […]


Bai Rohaniza’s life is a story of two faiths and cultures – she has Maranao roots with a royal lineage through her father belonging to a family of peace mediators and peace movers while her Catholic mother who converted to Islam hails from Bulacan​ whose family are composed of renowned musicians, poets and artists​. She […]




MARIA TERESA “MARITES” GUINGONA-AFRICA has been engaged in the endeavor of building relationships of mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation among peoples of diverse cultures and beliefs since 1998. Her passion for the work was ignited by a vision of a world where religions bring to the fore the highest teachings and ideals of their faith […]

JO GENNA M. JOVER (Philippines)

Jude hails from a family of traditional leaders recognized by her tribe. Her father is a respected tribal elder and a community leader referred to as Timuay who has raised Jude and her siblings to be good and responsible citizens.   She initially thought of becoming a nurse but eventually graduated with a degree in […]



Grace Jimeno Rebollos (Philippines)

The vast island of Mindanao, Philippines is a region of social contradictions and paradoxes that manifest themselves in frequent, long running violence. One of these outbreaks came in the form of the Abu Sayyaf terror, starting in 1992 and continuing till today, in the region of Zamboanga and Basilan.  As the military and police stumbled […]

Maria Ida “Deng” Giguiento (Philippines)

Listed below are some of the milestones in her work as peace trainer: Worked with Bishop Belo and Bishop Dom Nascimento and their Justice and Peace Commissions in pre-and post-immediate violent conflict in Timor Leste (1999-2004) Helped the Diocese of Dili establish their Timor Leste Peacebuilding Institute (2007 – 2010), working with the Justice and […]


María Inmaculada Lacarra Cabrerizo (Venezuela)

Solidarity and peace must be worked for from a base level, with openness and simplicity, looking with sincerity for the common good.” The beginning of her pedagogical work in Venezuela was in the San Judas Tadeu School of Faith and Joy, in Caracas, in a community marked by violence and insecurity. Immersed in popular education […]

May Shi Sho (Myanmar)

Dr. May Shi Sho graduated with a degree in medicine from the Institute of Medicine (2), Yangon in 1976 and was a general practitioner for the next 20 years.  In 1997, she transferred her considerable skills to the private sector, working in the pharmaceutical industry, until she was recruited by the Karen Development Network in […]


Susanna Hla Hla Soe (Myanmar)

Susanna is an activist working to improve the lives of ethnic Karen women in Burma. Susanna grew up in  a rural community that suffered profoundly from the ethnic conflicts that have defined so much of Burmese history. The values she learned at home in her Baptist household fueled her desire to work for her community.  For […]