Overcoming Violence in Wounded Societies: Perspectives from the Colombian and Kenyan Truth Commissions

Keough School Washington Office | Zoom Webinar
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m., April 12, 2023

This event has now concluded. A full-length recording is available below.

Location: 1400 16th St NW, Washington, DC

How can societies grapple with legacies of conflict and human rights violations? How might they overcome traumatic cycles of ongoing violence? And what can spiritual traditions teach societies about moving forward toward a better future?

Join us for a panel discussion featuring widely acclaimed peacebuilder Francisco de Roux, the former chair of Colombia’s Truth Commission; Tecla Namachanja Wanjala, former vice and acting chair of Kenya’s Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission and a visiting research fellow at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies; and two Colombian attestants to the armed conflict. Hear insights from a panel of experts who know firsthand how countries scarred by decades of violent conflict can build a just and lasting peace.

Speakers will share their distinctive perspectives, roles, experiences, and lessons learned as part of multiple truth commission inquiries. Their recommendations can help peacebuilders pursue more inclusive transitional processes, broaden the participation of victims and civil society, and build sustainable processes for preventing cycles of violence from recurring. 

Following the panel discussion, Humanity United invites all attendees to a special photo exhibition featuring work from Foto-Diásporas, which showcases works and narratives of 15 Colombians and their experiences of being forced to live in exile.

Co-sponsored by the Keough School of Global Affairs and its Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, in partnership with the Peace Accord Matrix, the Catholic Peacebuilding Network, Humanity United, and Georgetown University’s Georgetown Americas Institute


Josefina Echavarria Alvarez

Director of the Peace Accord Matrix program, associate Professor of the Practice, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies

John Paul Lederach

Professor Emeritus of International Peacebuilding, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies

Gloria Marcela

Colombian survivor of the armed conflict living in exile, participant of FotoDiasporas

Francisco de Roux

Former Chair, Commission for the Clarification of Truth, Coexistence and Non-Repetition, Colombia

Karina Ruiz

Colombian survivor of the armed conflict living in exile, participant of FotoDiasporas

Tecla Namachanja Wanjala

Former Vice and Acting Chair, Kenya Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission; Visiting Research Fellow, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies

Leslie Wingender

Director for Peacebuilding, Humanity United