Source: (2002) Peace Review. 14(3): 291-295.

As Timothy Murithi observes, increasing attention is being paid to the role that cultural values and indigenous institutions can play in peace-building, reconciliation, and reconstruction in war-affected communities. Local approaches to peace-building and reconciliation contain valuable lessons for international peacemakers with respect to rebuilding social trust and restoring communal existence. Hence, it would be wise to assess the importance of cultural resources for reconciliation in different societies. On these bases, Murithi examines a traditional approach to rebuilding social trust found in northern Uganda among the Acholi peoples.