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Restorative justice

Restorative Justice Learning Tour: Ethiopia

Come learn about restorative justice work through visiting MCC’s work and partners in Ethiopia. The Learning Tour will also focus on an introduction to development projects in Ethiopia and to the Ethiopian culture and community.

community leaders meeting

Vengence (revenge) killings have been part of the culture of the Mehal Meda community and region (170 miles northeast of Addis Ababa) for centuries. Combined with early childhood marriage, abduction, female genital mutilation, and extravagant ritual feasts, these harmful traditional practices have affected the health and livelihood of all community members. Finding responses to address the revenge killings began with MCC partnership in 2006 as part of a restorative justice project.

Proposed itinerary (February 4-15):


February 4: Arrival in Ethiopia
February 5: Orientation to ministry of MCC Ethiopia / visit to local MCC partner in Addis Ababa
February 6: Meet in Addis with Meserete Kristos (Mennonite Church of Ethiopia) Church Peace Office/ Meet with Meserete Kristos Church Relief and Development Association (RDA)
February 7: Travel to Mehal Meda. Lunch enroute. Dinner at guest house.
February 8: Meet with local RDA staff for history of project; meet with local religious leaders
February 9: Visit local prison to meet with prisoners and prison officials; visit families of prisoners
February 10: Visit families of victims; meet with police and government administration
February 11: Learning exchange day with Learning Tour participants and RDA staff in Mehal Meda
February 12: Visit to Yangudi Rassa National Park. Stay overnight at lodge.
February 13: Return to Addis. Lunch enroute. Dinner in Addis.
February 14: Addis sightseeing
February 15: Departure

Ethiopia women at well

We invite you to bring a willingness to be changed, an openness to share your story with others on the tour and the people we visit – and a desire to bring the stories that you’ve heard to your home community and churches, and allow these to continue to shape your life and work.

Orthodox priest peace committee member


You may indicate your interest by submitting a registration form and a $200 deposit no later than December 1, 2012 to:Cost is $1000, which includes all in-country travel, lodging and meals. Airfare not included (approximately $1700 from US East Coast).

Attn: Lorraine Stutzman Amstutz
21 South 12th St.
Akron, PA

The deposit is refundable if the tour is full. If for any reason you cannot fulfill your commitment to the tour after this date, you will receive a refund minus any lodging fee deposits made by our hosts in Ethiopia. No refund is available after January 1, 2013.

This Learning Tour is open to people in all regions of the US.

Detailed information, medical forms, memo of understanding and schedules will be sent once your registration has been received.

The tour is limited to 8 participants. 

  • Learn about MCC’s partnerships in the local community to reduce harmful traditional practices
  • Explore the theological underpinnings of the restorative justice work and how the message of peace in the Bible affects the work of MCC in Ethiopia
  • Learn about the success of this project and potential for this work to expand to other communities
  • Hear first-hand stories from prisoners, their families and the families of victims of revenge killings
  • Share personal experiences in restorative justice with MCC partners
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