Peace Labs present at the RRT Core Group Meeting in Tripoli
On the 11th November 2017, the Roadmap to Reconciliation in Tripoli (RRT) team members and partners held a meeting at Mina in Tripoli. This one-day meeting was crucial for the team to reflect on the multiple initiatives that happened along the past year. Peace Labs is one of the partners of this far-reaching project initiated in 2015 and launched in 2017, supported by the “Forum for Cities In transition” program. Padraig O’Maley, initiator of the latter, was present on the 11Th in Tripoli to support this reflection exercise of putting ‘2017 RRT’ in retrospective.
The day started with a presentation of the events and activities, facilitated by Sanja Sillanpää from Peace Labs, and continued with strategic conversations about the future direction of the RRT. Peace Labs’ contribution to the RRT answers the need to make sure all the know-how and lessons learned are well documented and shared with relevant stakeholders. By reporting and documenting activities and interviewing key stakeholders and the RRT is able to coordinate even better among its partners will create a better coordination between the partners and improve the visibility of each other’s’ developments.
The improvements in Tripoli inhabitants’ readiness and willingness to work and communicate together for the good of their respective communities reflects itself in the various initiatives supported and facilitated by the different partners of the RRT (SHIFT, Fighters for Peace, Permanent Peace Movement, LRC, Youth for Growth and Development, etc). It is in the scope of the different projects to involve or engage beneficiaries such as the disabled individuals injured during both conflicts (civil war and 2008-2014 in Tripoli), ex-fighters, families illegally occupying apartments who are advocating for legal ownership of their housing, or simply put, all inhabitants – youngsters, women, men and children- of the former conflicted area of Jabal Mohsen and Baab Al Tabbaneh. Creating a change will come from the possibility to gather them around a common cause which they are both affected by, implying a dialogue that has been inexistent for a long time. Omar Assaf, co-founder of SHIFT (social hub supporting the RRT), said that the reason why they want to work and create a future for their communities is because “the pain of each community is the same. They will directly create connections when they share their stories in a common safe space”.
Peace Labs is honored to be part of the ambitious and dynamic project, which will hopefully, with time, make people understand “that they can all work on their own fate” (Rabih Omar from SHIFT).