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“Forgiveness and reconciliation in the Mozambique peace process.”

Bartoli, Andrea
June 4, 2015

Source: (2001) In Forgiveness and reconciliation: Religion, public policy, & conflict transformation, ed. Raymond G. Helmick, S.J., and Rodney L. Petersen, 351-371. With a foreword by Archbishop Desmond M. Tutu. Philadelphia: Templeton Foundation Press.

After hundreds of years of colonial rule by Portugal, Mozambique experienced decades of armed conflict both before and after independence in 1975. Following the culmination of peace negotiations in 1992 between rival indigenous groups, Mozambique has enjoyed relative peace. In this essay, Bartoli inquires about the role of forgiveness and reconciliation and the role of religious people in all of this. Moreover, she asks whether the Mozambique model can be exported and replicated in other contexts. Her study includes a brief history of the conflict, analysis of the involvement of religious leaders in peace processes in the 1980s and 1990s, and reflection on issues of forgiveness and reconciliation among political leaders and people in Mozambique.


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