African Journal of
History and Culture

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Hist. Cult.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-6672
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJHC
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 197

Article in Press

African Perspective to Conflict Resolution, Purification Or Cleansing and Reintegration Among Acholi of Northern Uganda

Catherine Jendia

  •  Accepted: 07 January 2019
The research, Purification Or Cleansing and Reintegration Among Acholi of Northern Uganda: A Cultural Perspective To Conflict Resolution, was purposed to explore the role of positive practices in culture(s) that support the resolution and management of conflicts. The Government’s militaristic options achieved no meaningful results. Lack of peace eluded the 2006 Juba Peace negotiations. This necessitated exploration of alternative approaches to conflict resolution and peace building. The main thrust of this study is exploration of culture-based Approach to conflict resolution in war ravaged northern Uganda. The qualitative research methodology was employed in combination with desktop method (Creswell, 2013). Related literature was reviewed including books, journal articles to explore, discover, identify and understand selected culture-based methods for resolving disputes in communities. Data was collected in conflict affected areas of Amuru, Gulu, Kitgum, and Pader in northern Uganda. Major finding of the study reveals that the Acholi culture is rich in traditional knowledge, positive cultural practices and skills of conflict resolution and promotes peaceful coexistence among local communities. The research concludes that opportunities exist in culture as demonstrated by the case study of the Acholi people. The study makes three recommendations.

Keywords: Culture, Tradition, conflict Resolution, Purification, Cleansing, Reintegration Northern Uganda.