Fighters for Peace

Fighters for Peace is a unique Lebanese NGO, which brings together individuals who were actively involved in violent actions during the Lebanese civil war (1975-1990). Fighters for Peace is the only organisation in Lebanon consisting of former fighters from different political, religious and social backgrounds. The organisation has an office in Beirut, with about 30 persons voluntarily supporting the organisation. Fighters for Peace was established in 2014.

Mission and Activities

The mission of Fighters for Peace is „to engage not only the youth and civil society activists, but in particular our fellow ex-fighters, in order to build a lasting civil peace and a true reconciliation in Lebanon. We envision reaching further, beyond our country, to support our neighbours who are also being torn apart by civil war and violence – from Libya to Iraq to Syria.“

The main approach of the ex-fighters involved in the organisation is to share their war experiences and stories of personal transformation, in order to prevent people from taking up arms. In their view, everyone loses in a war.

Activities by Fighters for Peace include dialogue sessions at various places for example schools and universities, psycho-social support for former fighters, training on peace-building and reaching out to (former) combatants in other countries. The organisation uses a variety of methods in their work; for example they have used the method of playback theatre where a group of actors enacted live on stage the stories the former fighters told about the civil war. On the psycho-social level, Fighters for Peace applies biography work, which encourages former fighters to reflect on their life journey and build positive perspectives for the future.

The organisation also maintains a website, which features testimonies by the former fighters; it has produced various films, including Fighting for Peace.

Cooperation with forumZFD Lebanon

Fighters for Peace has cooperated with forumZFD in the pogram area Dealing with the Past since 2014. forumZFD has invited respresentatives of Fighters for Peace as guest speakers to trainings on the topic of Dealing with the Past. Some members of the organisations also use the training manual Memories of War developed by forumZFD when working in schools, for example. Fighters for Peace has also partnered with forumZFD in the project „Commemoration Sites“.