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The countries of the Great Lakes Region of Africa—Rwanda, Burundi, the Congo, Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania—have been beset with violent political movements and its after-effects since before independence in the early 1960’s. These conflicts have escalated in Burundi (1993), Rwanda (the genocide in 1994), the eastern Congo (1996, 1998), and Uganda (1986) and have continued to the present with the possibility of large scale renewed violence and war. The African Great Lakes Initiative works to break these cycles of violence in the region by working at the grassroots level to teach people to resolve their conflicts without resorting to violence and to heal the trauma from the years of conflict both on the personal and societal level.