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Reconciliation in War-torn Communities, The Power of Forgiveness, and Ebola: A Discussion with John Caulker of Sierra Leone

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Reconciliation in War-torn Communities, The Power of Forgiveness, and Ebola: A Discussion with John Caulker of Sierra Leone
Date: 
October 28, 2015 - 12:20pm to 1:20pm
Location: 
Knox Hall, Room 207
John Caulker is the Executive Director of Fambul Tok, an organization in Sierra Leone that promotes a community-led reconciliation process in war-torn communities. Previously, he was the Executive Director of Forum of Conscience, a national human rights NGO, and played a leading role in the Truth and Reconciliation Working Group, a civil society coalition which engaged critically with the Sierra Leonean Truth and Reconciliation Commission during its existence. He first became a human rights activist as a student leader during the initial years of the war in Sierra Leone.  Risking his life to document wartime atrocities, he infiltrated rebel camps disguised as a rebel to gather information and stories that he would then pass along to international organizations. John attended the 2007 Human Rights Advocates Program (HRAP) at the Institute for the Study of Human Rights. As part of his talk, he will show excerpts from a documentary about Fambul Tok.
 
In partnership with the Human Rights Advocates Program and the Institute for the Study of Human Rights.
 
Pizza and beverages will be available.