Neither History Nor Peace Should Be Forgotten’s mission is to design an oral history toolkit and to pilot a story collection curriculum for towns in Caldas, Colombia where community engagement and intergenerational communication has been stunted due to long-term economic depression, armed conflict, and internal displacement.
There is not a single town in Colombia that has escaped the impact of the ongoing armed conflict. In an effort to address the public’s ‘right to truth’, the Colombian government has established a national center for historical memory and funded a number of projects aimed at collecting oral testimony and other materials that document civil and human rights violations. The coffee region of Colombia, the most iconic area of the country, has largely been ignored by these national efforts. We will pilot a community-based story collection curriculum that can serve as a peace-building resource for towns in Caldas, Colombia.
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