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    EMU’s link to the president of Somalia traced to the efforts of one female graduate student, now holding a PhD

    August 27th, 2014

    The trail of the president of Somalia to Eastern Mennonite University goes back 14 years to Khadija Ossoble Ali. In 2000, when Ali was a graduate student in conflict transformation at EMU’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, she encouraged a family friend, now-president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, to take courses on building peace at EMU. Mohamud …More

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    President of Somalia welcomed “home” as alumnus of EMU’s Summer Peacebuilding Institute

    August 7th, 2014

    Somalia President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud topped off attendance at the historic U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit hosted by President Obama with a visit to Harrisonburg, Virginia, on Aug. 7, where he renewed 13-year-old ties with Eastern Mennonite University and its Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP). In a conversation-style talk at tables set for an intimate lunch, …More

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    Inspired by their peacebuilding mothers, two undergrads come alone from Kenya and meet each other at EMU

    June 27th, 2014

    Their neighborhoods in Nairobi, Kenya, were only 30 minutes apart. Yet these two students traveled more than 7,500 miles to meet for the first time at Eastern Mennonite University, where they discovered a closer connection than geographic proximity. At the end of her first EMU semester, Kaltuma Noorow had a casual conversation with Caleb Hinga, …More

  • Fambul Tok helps heal Sierra Leone

    June 22nd, 2014

    In recent years, the citizens of Sierra Leone have gathered in village compounds around bonfires, spoken openly of brutalities inflicted on them during their 11 years of civil war, and heard apologies by some of those who did the brutalizing. To the amazement of growing numbers of observers from around the world, the result has been …More

  • Doing interfaith work in Nigeria

    June 22nd, 2014

    Within North American educational institutions affiliated with one of the three “historic peace churches” – Mennonite, Brethren and Quaker – only Eastern Mennonite University offers a graduate program pertaining to peace. Which is why aspiring peacebuilders from other Christian denominations often make their way to EMU. It’s why Jay Wittmeyer, now executive director of global …More

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