Raamro Aakha Ma - In the Eyes of the Good
In December 2014 Kirsten Kristensen together with 4 NVC colleagues offered 7-days “Healing and Reconciliation through Nonviolent Communication” in Nepal and film maker Carolyn Davies documented the project, producing: Raamro Aakha Ma - In the Eyes of the Good, which has been translated into languages including Spanish, French, German and Hausa.
Since the decade-long violent conflict between Maoist groups and the state ended in 2006, Nepal has been trying to come to terms with the past while working towards a peaceful future. Nearly 15,000 people lost their lives during the violence and more than a thousand people were made to disappear. Numerous others were harmed or displaced. Either directly or indirectly, the violence touched the lives of many. Last May, the government passed an Act to establish a Commission on Enforced Disappearances and a Truth and Reconciliation Commission in order to bring about truth, reconciliation, and justice in society.
The Act, however, continues to draw criticism from victims organisations, human rights groups, and the United Nations. As yet, neither one of the commissions have been set up, in tens of villages across the country local reconciliation processes have already been initiated, for example by ex-combatants and host community members, but their scope remains limited.
Recognising that healing and reconciliation are the foundation of any sustainably peaceful society, NGO Pro Public and ZFD/GIZ Nepal sponsored 35 Nepalese participants, including conflict victims, politicians, conveners of the Local Peace Committees who will play crucial role once the Truth and Reconciliation Commission process begins, 'peace service providers' like mediators, dialogue facilitators, and other persons with NVC skills. In addition, there were a number of self-funded international participants.