“The Journey on the Road to Reconciliation”-Part 1

Sometimes we think we can reach out to people from the comforts of our homes… But to really know what people went through, we need to see what they see, feel what they feel,… Therefore, it is only when people have been through the same thing together that reconciliation is possible…
We are proud to present a new series of articles by a great friend of the WFR team: Solomon Rajaram Hariharan. This series would be based on his experience as a volunteer at “Sri Lanka Unites”- A youth movement for hope and reconciliation.


Reconciliation is defined in many ways. My favourite one was the Greek word ‘Tikum Olam’ meaning to heal, repair and to transform. The Arabic words define reconciliation the best. ‘Salima’ meaning peace, safety, security and freedom and ‘Salaha’ meaning to be righteous, to do right, settlement, compromise, restoration and reinstitution. These two words clearly concise everything related to reconciliation and how reconciliation can be carried out. What I understand by the word reconciliation is the process where one forgives the faults of the opponent and joins hand with the opponent in rebuilding what is lost. Thus ensuring that a sustaining community and environment is rebuilt.

Through the reconciliation process what we should strive to achieve is the mutual understanding and acceptance of both parties. Reconciliation can never be targeted to a single group of people. It should reach the diverse groups of people affected or non-affected by the conflict. Reconciling with the opposing party does not mean that one has to let go of his or her values. But one should let go of the personal animosities, selfish desires and wants that hinder the process of reconciliation. It is not a win-lose situation; but a win-win situation where not only both parties but also the whole community and country enjoy peace and development.


5 thoughts on ““The Journey on the Road to Reconciliation”-Part 1”

  1. This is a priceless post to our blog because you have elegantly explained what a main word in our blog means. You have filled a gap that should have been filled long ago… Thank you very much! It seems that there has been a lot of research behind this. It's interesting to know how other languages define this word. I admire your understanding about reconciliation and as you had beautifully stated, it is a win-win situation… Well done Solomon!!! 🙂

  2. This is the start of something huge, let me tell you….I mean really, Solomon is an amazing choice all in all, since he's worked in such closeness with the situation that we're trying to tackle

  3. Looking at the war in Sri Lanka, its as soon as we say some weren't affected that these divisions occur. We went through it as Sri Lankans, we all feared the separation of a great land, the bombs and deaths. We all shed tears as men, women and children were killed. As blood carpeted our land.And yet, people like to say, "Oh! you were in Colombo. You don't know what it was like." Yes, sure, living in Colombo, I never saw a man shoot a gun. But there are people who did. And we all were affected the war in one way or another.So the first step we should take is to say, it was a war that affected us all. And so together we will unite.

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