AFSC has enabled people to come together and gain skills to strive for peace with one another. In one project, the Galkayo Community Peace Promotion, AFSC works in partnership with the Puntland Minority Women Development Organization (PMWDO). This is in the north eastern part of the greater Somalia, a placed called Puntland.
We [were] able to identify some of the creative ways through which youth can be mobilized and catalyzed to renew their commitment towards the promotion of peace
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.
Somalia is experiencing the worst drought in decades. The Somali people are facing one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world today. One in every three children living in South-Central Somalia is malnourished according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). The drought’s impact has been exacerbated by the increase in food prices and ongoing violent conflict. The violence makes it incredibly difficult to deliver vital supplies of food, water and emergency provisions inside Somalia.
AFSC held an 8-day exchange between 47 Somali and Kenya youth to promote constructive dialogue. Participants learned from each other’s experiences of youth employment, sports as a tool for development, and the promotion of human rights. The program was included partnerships with a Somaliland youth organization and a Kenyan youth program.
After visits to both Nairobi and North Eastern Kenya the youth left with a greater awareness and understanding of the dilemmas facing youth today and a drive to promote sharing and change in their communities.
During the commemoration of the World Refuge Day, some Somali and Ethiopian youth were sponsored by AFSC to exhibit pieces of their photography, creative projects and cultural dances in Nairobi. The groups travelled long distances from Daadab refugee camp and from the Ogaden region of Ethiopia to share in Kenya’s capital, a regional hub.
“Mediation is one way of dealing with conflicts non-violently. On the spectrum of force to reconciliation – this is the ultimate goal of our continent. When we use force we suppress conflict, we do not resolve the conflict, in reality we are putting off the conflict for the future. Reconciliation is what we inspire to do. It is our vision; it is a mechanism for avoiding future conflicts.” These were words from John Katunga, a presenter during the Mediation DEP, and also a native from the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Afmadow district in Lower Shabelle region and especially Doble town housed most of the children and women internally displaced persons (IDPs) stranded on Somalia side or seeking entry into Kenya as refugees. AFSC responded to the plight of IDPs and host communities through a local partner. The main objective of the project was to improve living conditions through the provision of essential drug- kits and sanitary pads to IDPs and host communities for three months.
Alternative to Violence Program (AVP) training was facilitated by AVP Trust, Kenya between March and July 2009. 36 participants attended basic training, 26 attended advanced course, 18 participants attended facilitators training.
The 18 who graduated as facilitators have co- facilitated additional 6 basic training in a team of experienced facilitators as apprentices. These additional basic trainings were held in locations inside the refugee camp in Daadab and those not within the camp in Bura and Garissa.
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