Marie Michael Library


Responding to Conflict : Only Through Dialogue: the Somali way to peace


28 min.

File No





This is a film about how Somalis in Somaliland overcame the legacy of civil war through dialogue and negotiation based upon a firmly established tradition of peacemaking within their culture. It challenges the sterotypes of Somalis as victims and purveyors or war. Instead, it reveals and analyses the internal forces that push conflicting communities into talking with each other in their search for peace. Through a blend of modern and traditional institutions of peacemaking and governance, people in Somaliland were able to move beyond violent conflict. The film is the fourth in a series documenting practical action for conflict transformation and peace-building in Africa.