The war that cost nearly a 1,000 lives a day in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is virtually over. Lalia Mawazo is among the 50,000 refugees that have returned to Fizi territory. She recalls living in a refugee camp and receiving the deed to her property.
Mawazo and her cousin Safi Muzaliwa claim legal ownership of a plot of land. Their dispute has been dramatized by Search for Common Ground that uses theater to help solve real-world conflict.
Mawazo turns to human rights organization Arche d’Alliance for help resolving the land dispute. Philippe Batumbula investigates before turning the matter over to a committee of local leaders; Muzaliwa threatens her cousin.
Batumbula visits a settlement where 300 families received land on which to build new homes. He recalls Muzaliwa turning down an offer at this location.
The theater group performs ia play which resonates with Mawazo, but Muzaliwa feels targeted. Batumbula presents a new offer to Muzaliwa; her cousin will provide bricks for a new home if she gives up her claim.
Mawazo and Muzaliwa accept the Committee for Mediation and Conciliation’s proposal and agree to forgive one another. Muzaliwa visits her new plot; Mawazo is relieved to have the conflict resolved.
Credits: Neighbors at War
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Brutal wars that have cost a thousand lives a day are nearly over in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. People are returning home after more than a decade as refugees, but many come home to find someone else has claimed their land. Cousins Lalia Mawazo and Safi Muzaliwa are in the middle of such a dispute.
Length: 20 minutes
Copyright date: ©2008
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