Countries in the Horn of Africa are facing the worst food crisis in the world today and Somalia is the hardest hit. According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, drought, conflict, and skyrocketing food prices have produced this tragic situation. The UN has declared a famine that affects southern Somalia. This is a rare designation and its use highlights the severity of the crisis.
On July 2, bright yellow and crisp white T-shirts marked two teams vying for a win on the soccer field. For the second year, AFSC’s Dayton (Ohio) Refugee Justice Program sponsored a tournament for young refugees from Africa. Their home countries include Burundi, Rwanda, Sudan, Eritrea, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Ghana. More than 60 participants appreciated the opportunity to play their favorite sport and to share their experiences in the greater Dayton area.
It is with profound sorrow that we share the news of the death of a beloved friend and colleague, Dekha Ibrahim Abdi, internationally known and honored peace-builder and activist. Dekha died July 14, 2011 from injuries incurred in a vehicle accident that killed her husband at the site last week. They leave behind four children.
On 18 September 2010 Arlene Kelly, AFSC Board clerk officially handed over the AFSC's Mozambique Integrated Rural Development Program (MIRDP) to OCODEMA (Manica Community Development Organisation) in a public function held in Manica town. The handover was attended by Dereje Wordofa, AFSC Africa Regional Director, community members, government officials, NGOs and local media. The event marked the culmination of a weeklong series of celebrations that took place in AFSC's partnering communities.
In June 2010, AFSC Burundi organised a regional conference on mediating elections-related conflicts in Bujumbura. The three-day conference brought together participants from Benin, Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda and Zimbabwe to dialogue and exchange on the causes and flashpoints of elections-related conflicts and on strategies and approaches for mediating electoral disputes.
The Dayton Refugee Justice program took advantage of the World Cup-induced soccer fever to sponsor a unique event: The Umoja Afrika Cup tournament on June 12, 2010.
More than 50 young people from Burundi, Kenya and Senegal participated in a round robin style tournament, buoyed by sheer excitement and unfazed by rain, reported Migwe Kimemia, program director. “The Burundian refugees were extremely excited as this was their first such experience since they arrived in Dayton about two years ago,“ he said. “It got even more exciting after they upset the Kenyan team by 7 goals to 2.”
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