Rasha el Fangry, born in Omdurman, Sudan in 1977, is the Coordinator of the Collaborative for Peace in Sudan (CfPS), which finds solutions beyond violence. Working with tribal elders, women and activists to create inter-tribe peace committees, el Fangry and the CfPS have set up early warning teams who monitor tensions and intervene when needed.
Sudan has newly emerged from a 20 year civil war which cost 2 million lives. The peace is fragile and in 2011 South Sudan will vote on whether to split from the north. Sudan is home to almost 50 tribes and tribal affiliation is like religion in the countryside, a dispute between individuals will quickly involve entire tribes.
El Fangry is working to stop conflict before it happens – CfPS has set up peace committees across these areas and is working to reduce tribal and community tensions by increasing understanding of the elections and providing conflict resolution training.
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