Charles Lane: Barabaig

Dr Charles Lane, Desmond Tutu Reconciliation Fellowship Chair, has launched his beautiful book Barabaig: Life, Love and Death on Tanzania's Hanang Plains. This wonderful book was joyfully received by the Barabaig people and is now available for purchase around the world — for international orders click here

The Barabaig are a group of nomadic cattle herders located in north central Tanzania. In the 1980’s, Charles lived with the tribe for two years and this was the beginning of a life-long friendship.

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Victoria Baldwin
If we are able to consider each other’s needs, there will be peace

Emmanuel Jal’s moving acceptance speech at the 2017 Desmond Tutu Reconciliation Fellowship presentation brought the crowd to its feet. Paris Aristotle AO, a tireless advocate for asylum seekers and refugees in Australia, presented Emmanuel with the award at the Melbourne Town Hall on 24 August for his extraordinary work in reconciliation around the world as a displaced person from South Sudan. During the ceremony, Emmanuel treated us to a special acapella performance of his hit single My Power, which is about the power all people have to make the world a better place.

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Coming soon from Global Reconciliation: aidXchange

aidXchange is an independent, not-for-profit online platform for humanitarian action for individuals and groups from around the world.

aidXchange aims to facilitate the development of active partnerships based on common interests, ideas, goals and values. Participants are matched with other participants based on their skills and needs, and are supported by a facilitator to develop and carry out projects based on mutually shared objectives. For more information or discussion, contact info@globalreconciliation.org

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Victoria Baldwin
2017 Desmond Tutu Fellowship Awarded to Emmanuel Jal

Peace activist and former child soldier acclaimed with prestigious reconciliation award.

Author, musician, peace ambassador and former child soldier Emmanuel Jal will come to Australia this month to be awarded the 2017 Desmond Tutu Reconciliation Fellowship.

The Fellowship, which this year is focused on people’s displacement, promotes reconciliation by bringing global support to individuals engaged in local projects. It recognises Mr Jal’s global work in reconciliation as a displaced person from South Sudan. 

An established and accomplished musician and performer, Mr Jal is the architect of the We Want Peace campaign which helped attract international attention to the suffering in South Sudan through the 2011 independence process.

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Victoria Baldwin
June Oscar Wins WA Local Hero in 2017 Australia Day Award


June Oscar AO, the current Desmond Tutu Reconciliation fellow, has won the Western Australia Local Hero award and was nominated as one of the 32 national finalists for 2017 Australian of the Year.

National Australia Day Council CEO, Chris Kirby, said the finalists were chosen from four award categories including educators, community volunteers, scientists, inventors, entrepreneurs and humanitarians.

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Emmanuel Economou
How a Normal Thing to do Can Win You the Nobel

Helping a person in need is very easy to do. All it takes to get started is a smile and asking them if they need your assistance. Serving people who need help may not cost you anything more than a few minutes of your time, but the joy you can bring to someone’s life is priceless. And it could even win you the Nobel Peace Prize.

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Emmanuel Economou
Open Letter to Australia's Prime Minister & Political Leaders

Over 60 doctors and professors from a remarkably diverse range of disciplines have urged Prime Minister Malcolm TurnbullLeader of the Opposition Bill ShortenLeader of the National Party Barnaby JoyceLeader of the Greens Richard Di Natale, and Senator Nick Xenophon to take a strong stance against hate speech in Australia. In an Open Letter to Australia’s Prime Minister & political leaders, the academics voiced their opposition to recent statements made by several public figures which followed a disturbing trend of religious discrimination, especially towards those of the Muslim faith.

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Emmanuel Economou
June Oscar: Reconciliation, it is Ours (extract)

June Oscar's moving acceptance speech at the 2016 Desmond Tutu Reconciliation Fellowship award brought the crowd to a standing ovation. Former Governor-General Dame Quentin Bryce lovingly presented the award to June, for her extraordinary work in reconciliation and outstanding community health achievements in the Kimberley's Fitzroy Valley. Russell Smith from Manta trio treated us to a beautiful didgeridoo performance during the ceremony.

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Emmanuel Economou
5 Great Reasons Why You Should Come to Melbourne Town Hall this Thursday Evening

Something big is happening at the Melbourne Town Hall this Thursday evening.

Former Governor-General Dame Quentin Bryce is presenting the 2016 Desmond Tutu Reconciliation Fellowship, a prestigious award that celebrates individuals doing extraordinary work in reconciliation.

For those of you who may feel torn about missing Family Feud this week, here’s 5 great reasons why you should come to the Town Hall instead.

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Emmanuel Economou