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Letters from David - Letters to friends of THARS from program director David Niyonzima

Pieces for Peace quilting group at Kibimba - Christmas 2007

Responding to trauma post-election violence in Keyna - January 2008

Earthquake in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo - March 2008

THARS Related Materials

Called to Relate: An interview with David Niyonzima

Burundian counselor teaches lesson of hope and forgiveness Free Lance Start, Fredericksburg, VA. Oct 2014.

2004 Victims of Torture Mid-Term Project Evaluation

Engineering Ministries International Volunteers Design Training Center, Gitega February 2007, by Peggy Parsons.

Etude Sur Les Besoins En Accompagnement Psychosocial Des Victimes Lors Du Processus De LaJustice Transitionnelle – Phase 1 (French).

Gubganeza Hill brochure - The Hill is Gubganeza, a Kirundi term which means “Be Refreshed” - a natural and beautiful location near Gitega city, in the center of Burundi. The perfect venue for a spiritual retreat and a nourishing setting for conferences, workshops and training courses.

Study of the Needs in Psychosocial Accompaniment for Victims during the Process of Transitional Justice and Particularly during the Phase of Preparation and Implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Burundi (English).

Inkuru Zibabaje Zumvirijwe I Makamba

Microcredit - a short pamphlet describing our microcredit program in Bujumbura.

Niyonzima, David, Guerir le Trauma et Promouvoir la Reconciliation au Burundi

Niyonzima, David, Holding Everything Together, Presentation at the FWCC, Regional Gathering, February 25-26, 2005, North Seattle Friends Church.

Niyonzima, David, Rapport de Mission Effectuee par le Coordinateur en Allemagne et Pologne du 17 Avril au 1er Mai 2005

Niyonzima, David and Lon Fendall, Unlocking Horns: Forgiveness and Reconciliation In Burundi. The story of David Niyonzima's personal experience with the violence and chaos of central Africa. The book offers a message of hope and healing in the midst of tribal strife.

Barclay Press, 2001, 129 PP. Paper.

Rapport Operationnel Traitement Socio-Psychologique des Victimes de L’incendie du Marche Central de Bujumbura (French only)

Self Help - a short pamphlet describing our self help groups based on the Kindernothilfe model

Spring 2002 Progress Report, African Great Lakes Initiative

Support Group - a short pamphlet describing our support group program in Kibimba.

THARS Newsletters (NTIWIHEBURE): Number 2, Number 3, Number 4, Number 5

THARS Biannual Report 2012-2013

THARS Biannual Report 2010-2011

THARS Biannual Report 2008-2009

THARS Biannual report 2005-2007

THARS Triennial Report, 2002-2005

Work Camp Report from GOOD NEWS Associates, June 2007.

Zarembka, David, African Great Lakes Initiative Report: Trauma Healing and Reconciliation Service (THARS) in Burundi

Additional Materials

Chico, Laura Shipler and Uwimana Marie Paule, Peace Cannot Stay in Small Places, Lessons From Alternatives to Violence Workshops with Gacaca Judges, May 2004 - March 2005


Cobban, Helena, Healing Rwanda: Can an international court deliver justice? Boston Review, Dec 2003/Jan 2004.