HROC picture, crossing the river

Photo by Chrisostome Nshimiyimana, in Bossangoa/CAR.

Crossing the River

I hope a day will come when people in CAR find themselves at the other side of the river of killings, hatred, and deep sorrow and live in a healed, reconciled and rebuilt country, said Guy Gerard, the SECC /CRS Coordinator in Bossangoa, after the crossing the river exercise.

Crossing the River is an activity used in Healing and Rebuilding our Communities. It is a team-building exercise that is intended to help participants work together toward a common goal and build a sense of mutual responsibility for each others’ learning. Two lines are laid down on opposite sides of the room, to represent the shores of a river. All of the “shore,” and are given “flotation devices” (pieces of paper). The challenge is to get everyone across the river. The only way to cross the river is to step on flotation devices. There are other restrictions, such as, if no one is standing on or holding a flotation device, it will “float away” (be removed by the facilitator).


 One of nine guns turned in by former Sabaot Land Defense Force rebels after attending HROC workshops on Mt. Elgon, Kenya.

HROC website -- Kakuma picture

The woman on the left is from South Kivu in the Congo while the man on the right is from South Sudan. Eight months before this HROC workshop in the Kakuma Refugee Camp the South Sudanese and Congolese had fought each other and at least five people were killed. Some of the Congolese, being the smaller group, fled the camp and were arrested for leaving the camp without permission. Here the “enemies” are talking to each other during a one-on-one discussion during the workshop.

HROC picture, CAR trust walk

Trust Walk in in Bagulupa, a village located 35 miles from Dungu Center, Oreintale Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo.