In ongoing African conflict environments where people are killed, injured, and displaced, values such as peace, truth, justice, mercy and reconciliation cannot take deep root. It is very difficult to have sustained development if schools, hospitals, training programs, water sources and other infrastructure are damaged or destroyed. Therefore, unless violent inter-ethnic conflict is addressed – and people cannot live normal lives – development work cannot be sustainable and religious and spiritual values cannot take root. To be involved in peace initiatives and humanitarian work without seeking to understand the root causes and adopting appropriate skills to resolve them will never yield true peace.
Shalom’s approach to this ongoing problem is unique. The organizations sets out to tackle the root causes, as distinct from just dealing with the symptoms, of conflict by having a qualified international team of peace practitioners, from within and outside Africa, who have a vocational commitment to conflict transformation in the continent by: