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iHub Research By Nanjira Sambuli / June 9, 2014

Residents of the Tana Delta share on ‘Why Peace’

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The Una Hakika project, a partnership between The Sentinel Project and iHub, focuses on creating an information system in which crowdsourced data is used to map the origins and flow of misinformation within the Tana Delta while also testing the effectiveness of countermeasures in order to reduce the influence of misinformation.

The Sentinel Project team has been on the ground in the Tana Delta training volunteer community ambassadors who will play a crucial part in the humanitarian communication network. Part of the training process entailed eliciting their thoughts on what peace-building means to them. Powerful statements were shared. You can check them out below.

During our Una Hakika community ambassador training sessions we hold a discussion entitled “Why Peace?” in which participants explain what the peace building process means to them.  These are some their responses:

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“I have a passion for helping my community. I want to help bring peace to Garsen and the Tana Delta.”  -Shamsa Omar

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“For me peace is everything. Without it how can I achieve my goals? It is my first priority.” -Muhammed Komar

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“When there is no peace the children are affected. They are going hungry because the adults are not able to go out and work the fields to provide for them.” -Elizabeth Kaiba

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“We need to teach our children about peace; about accepting other communities. Education is the way to peace.” -Eddah Gwiyo

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“Orma and Pokomo used to be integrated and socialize together. Those days are over. We need to educate both sides so we can start a peace dialogue.” -Martin Buya

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“Peace brings us closer to God.” -Kerna Mugatana

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“Peace is so important because it is necessary for development. Without peace there is no development.” -Tirus Gona

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“With peace I am free to walk anywhere without risk. Without peace there is no comfort.” -Zulpha Abae

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“Peace is having no fear. Living with no threat – that is peace to me.” -Kode Warro Komora

We hope that the project and the technological intervention that Una Hakika posits will contribute to lasting peace in the region. For more information on how Una Hakika works, check out the Sentinel Project blog.

 

 

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Author : Nanjira Sambuli

Research Manager- Governance and Tech. Find me on Twitter: @NiNanjira


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