Following the Ebola Virus Disease here, the Lutheran Church in Liberia has for the first time conducted training for police officers, traditional leaders, including chiefs,zoes, and church leaders in trauma healing, reconciliation and conflict resolution.
The two days training brought together more than 65 participants over the weekend from various communities inGrand Bassa County under the Lutheran Church Trauma Healing and Reconciliation Program or THRP.
Participants learnt how to combat trauma related cases and reconcile tension charged parties in a peaceful approach. Speaking at the opening ceremony, Field Officer Madam Marie Gaye, said the training was aimed at enabling community dwellers to resolve and prevent conflict at the community level rather than resulting to violence.
Madame Gaye said the training also includedacceptance of survivors in various communities after eighteen months of surviving the Ebola epidemic.
She noted conflicts are in every sector of the society but the best option is how to handle conflict related matters, stressing the need for government prioritize conflict resolution, which is cardinal to sustenance of peace in the country.
Mr. Dixon Ware, who served as one of the facilitators of the training held in Lloydsville, Grand Bassa County,said in the wake of UNMIL drawdown, Liberians need to maintain the peace they currently enjoy, something; he believes can be done by educating the citizenry on the importance of conflict resolution and peace building, amongst others.
Josiah Bryant, a participant and police commander, said such training is needed in the county to enhance police-community relations and help minimize mob violence.His comments were buttressed by Madam Sarah worpoe and WrojayeGuah.
The Trauma Healing and Reconciliation Program or THRP, is an offshoot of the LCL’s desire to help heal the traumas and inner wounds from the devastating civil war in Liberia. The program is a manifestation of the LCL’s way of contributing to peace and reconciliation in the country.
Initiated in 1991, the Lutheran Church in Liberia in collaboration with the Christian Health Association of Liberia or CHAL started trauma healing and reconciliation activities with the training of church pastors, lay-leaders and health workers. Participants in Grand Bassa-Edited by Jonathan Browne