"The desire for dignity is universal and powerful. It is a motivating force behind all human interation"

Donna Hicks

"Forgiving… is the only reaction which does not merely re-act but acts anew and unexpectedly unconditioned by the act which provoked it and therefore freeing from its consequences both the one who forgives and the one who is forgiven..."

Hanna Arendt

"We must explore the possibilities of love, empathy and public compassion being fashioned into instruments of social and political resistance, justice and, indeed, social transformation...”

Harsh Mander

"Hope is the horizon of forgiveness and reconciliation, for it is grounded in making the impossible possible..."

Geraldine Smyth

“Forgiveness is a moral repairing of identity, it’s the water erasing the stain of guilt and dousing the fire of resentment..."

Rav Riccardo Di Segni

“Tragedy cannot be the end of our lives. We cannot allow it to control and defeat us.”

Izzeldin Abuelaish

"Forgiveness in a political context is action that joins moral truth, forbearance, empathy and commitment to repair a fractured human relation…”

Donald W. Shriver JR.

"Liberty and choice are the essential components that constitute human dignity..."

Khaled Abou El Fadl

"Forgiveness is not a failure, it is not a defeat, but rather a great victory over oneself, it is a journey of humanization of oneself and the enemy..."

Enzo Bianchi

“Never, never be afraid to do what is right. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our souls when we look away..."

Dr. Martin Luther King JR

"When women gather, great things will happen..."

Leymah Gobwee

“You cannot practice nonviolence without listening to the other side’s narrative. But first you have to give up being the victim. When you do that, no one will be able to victimize you again...”

Ali Abu Awwad

Ara Pacis Initiatives for Peace is committed to the human dimension of Peace.

Every wound heals, but always in a different way: understanding the meaning of one’s own scar is the challenge that awaits every human being who has suffered injustice and violence.


And understanding the meaning of other women’s and men’s scars is the challenge that awaits every human being.

We live and act in conflicts by combining international expertise and local wisdom to envision and implement unique initiatives that encourage and promote healing and reconciliation before, during, and in the aftermath of conflict.

Our Work is Founded on 4 Pillars.

There are four possible ways forward for the building of lasting peace.”

Security, a fundamental element for human and collective reconstruction.

Dialogue, as the basis for the implementation of shared projects.

Education, as a factor of freedom, responsibility and development.

The Work for full realization of human dignity.


We work for peoples and countries in conflict, so that they are not left alone in the madness of hatred and injustice; so that respect for dignity, reconciliation and forgiveness, the only guarantees for lasting peace, are tirelessly sought.


Since our inception we have carried out projects and initiatives in the Sahel and Sahara, Libya, Mali, Niger, Sudan, Chad, Syria, Rwanda. 


We work with a horizontal and participatory creative approach, in collaboration with organizations, communities, human rights activists, members of the cultural and creative arts worlds.


We also collaborate with governments, institutions, and leaders in politics, religion, business, and sports to imagine and promote new narratives and paradigms for the realization of lasting and sustainable peace.



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