Volume 20, Issue 2, 2010
Peacebuilding in Africa
Laura A. Young, Jennifer Prestholdt
Refugee Participation in Peacebuilding
The case of Liberian refugee participation in the Liberia Truth and Reconciliation Commission
Through examination of a case study of Liberian refugee participation in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Liberia, this article highlights concerns about the lack of opportunity for refugee participation in peacebuilding generally. The experience of the authors working with refugees in the Buduburam Settlement near Accra, Ghana, demonstrates the overwhelming desire of refugees to participate in the processes that directly impact their lives, as well as the future of their home and host countries. The article concludes with the suggestion that the Liberian Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s work with refugees can serve as a model of how refugee participation can be enhanced in similar processes in the future.