Stories

Peace Counts sends reporters and photographers to areas that are or have been affected by conflict. They report on successful peacemakers and their methods and focus on possible solutions of violent conflicts. Up to now our teams have worked in more than 50 countries from A like Afghanistan to Z like Zimbabwe. Their inspiring stories are published in newspapers, quality magazines, radio, television and online. And in the book „Die Friedensmacher“ (The Peacebuilders; in German only). The project itself was awarded the Innovation Prize, one story from Libya with the journalism award „Andere Zeiten“.

Colombia: Deal with the Devil

For forty years, civil war has ravaged Colombia. A Catholic priest, Padre Giovani Presiga, aids the victims with a combination of faith, courage, and ingenuity. By Uschi Entenmann

Mali: Return of Desert Knights

By cultivating rice plants the German couple Henner and Barbara Papendieck created hope for the people in the Northern part of Mali, a region largely destroyed by civil war. By Uschi Entenmann

Northern Ireland: The Cold Peace

On 10th of April 1998, the combatants in Northern Ireland signed the Good Friday agreement. Two former terrorists stayed on the street, continuing the struggle – as social workers. They try to convince young people to stay out of paramilitary groups. The task is challenging. The hatred between Catholics and Protestants has not faded. By Michael Gleich

Philippines: Peace Zones

Many invisible fronts drift through the Philippine isle of Mindanao. For not to get into the firelines, many villages state themselves as neutral „Peace Zones“ where real shelter is only granted by independent observers. So Father Bert Layson mobilizes a network of farmers, clerics and politicians – a well working watch of armistice. By Tilman Wörtz

South Africa: Jailhouse Rock

The tough guys wait. They sit in silence on a long wooden bench, two dozen thieves and murderers in prison in Cape Town, South Africa. Their heads are shaved. Their coveralls are fire-engine red. Across each man’s chest is emblazoned the word “Prisoner,” along with a name: Ebrahim, Eric, Moses. By Uschi Entenmann