Quakers have a long history of occasional quiet assistance in peace processes in areas as diverse as Sri Lanka, Northern Ireland, Israel-Palestine and South Africa.

A candlelit vigil in South Asia.

South Asia conciliation work

The current conciliation work is in South Asia. Our involvement is by invitation from the people concerned and in consultation with all sides. However, the work is sensitive and could potentially be damaged by publicity.

This programme of conciliation work is coordinated by a staff member who works with a small team of appointed Quakers who have relevant experience. This team keeps in close contact with the parties and visits the region by invitation as needed.

Currently, the team is supporting processes to establish peace and to reconcile armed groups in the region. Team members take on the roles of facilitation and accompaniment in order to support and strengthen key individuals and groups in their work to bring violent conflict to an end.

Image credits: Flickr | NH53 CC 2.0; Quaker Peace and Social Witness.