Building peace in Somalia, one Shir at a time

Somalia has suffered from different types of conflict for nearly 30 years, leaving millions displaced and affected by violence. There are many drivers for conflict on the local level, among them clan rivalry, resource scarcity and religious extremism. Disagreements between individuals often escalate to violent disputes between clans.

The Berghof Foundation supports communities in Somalia’s Hirshabelle State in their efforts to build peace by solving local conflicts. We bring people together and encourage dialogue at traditional Somali community assemblies, or “Shirarka”. These events involve representatives from all clans and sub-clans as well as from all segments of society, including women, young people, professionals, elders, poets and religious leaders.

Watch our short film to find out more about these events and how our team works towards peace in Somalia: