Important insights expressed by the churches in this study include: the need for partnership; ecumenical unity and creativity in working together for community healing and transformation; establishing peace and long-term peacebuilding; and a focus on the youth to bring hope to new generations. Establishing peace and long-term peacebuilding are the most urgent needs. Continued humanitarian aid projects that are shared across ethnic and religious communities, and development programmes that bring people together, are vital. The Lebanon case study, for example, discusses the creation of places of collective memory to help heal trauma across the community. A focus on children and young people would bring hope to these fragile states where hope has been lost. This was particularly evident in South Sudan but also in Lebanon where historical sectarianism has discouraged many young people from engaging with religion.

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