Amani Daily Update – 21 April 08

AMANI SASA UPDATE 21st APRIL 2008[1]

THE HUMAN COST: Over 1000 dead and over 350, 000 displaced

· The Godown Arts Centre on Dunga Road is organizing a photo exhibition. See images captured by amateur and professional photographers during Kenya’s elections, from the campaigns, voting, and ensuing violence and destruction. Come see remember and reflect. The exhibition runs from 19th April to 10th May 2008.

· Bunge La Mwananchi’s (People’s Parliament-Kenya) have taken the step to help you communicate with you Member of Parliament and keep them accountable. Go to http://www.bulamwa. co.ke//index. php?option=com_fabrik&Itemid=52 or visit www.bulamwa.co.ke for your Member of Parliament’s phone number and email address.

· The youth of Mathare, Kariobangi, Korogocho, Dandora and Baba-dogo under the umbrella of Collaboration for Peace and Development (COPAD) are organising a National Peace festival/walk which will start in Nairobi and go through Naivasha, Nakuru, Molo, Timboroa, Burnt Forest, Kisumu and other towns. There are so far 75 participants comprising both men and women under the age of thirty. Activities to be undertaken in each town include sports, beauty pageants, inspirational talks, Cultural shows etc. They are appealing for assistance either financial or in kind in the form of inspirational speakers, security, PA systems, food and water, publicity etc. Contact Joshua on +254721706717

· To receive an update on the Kenya National Dialogue and Reconciliation process go to http://www.dialoguekenya.org. Here you will find information on the team, the agreements reached thus far and current updates on the process.

· Jesuit Hakimani Centre in collaboration with others is Launching an Ambassadors for Peace initiative that will take some prominent persons to the grassroots in various parts of the country to boost the continuing activities on national healing and reconciliation. They have invited the Retired Arch Bishop Nding Mwana Nzeki, Rev Timothy Njoya, Madam Dekha Ibrahim, Tecla Loroupe and Paul Tergat to the Launch in Korogocho on the 19th of April. All Concerned Citizens are invited to the event.

· If you are looking for information about the peace process and initiatives that have been established towards this, visit CCP’s communication hub on http://www.rescuekenya.org. They have now established a crisis victim registry, a missing person registry, a camp registry and organization / initiative registry. They are also registering victims, tracking IDPs and getting their personal information, their needs, skills, where they were from, which camps they were in, where they were taken and where they’d like to go. They are also carrying out situation mapping, which gives current information on the situation on the ground. Other activities include Supply Chain Management / Inventory Management, Volunteer Management, Communication Centre, Reporting System and Needs Assessment.

· There is a scholar in the field of conflict management and peace studies who is willing to give a talk on reconciliation the Kenyan perspective for free. She is also willing to share a talk on any other topic so long as she is informed about this prior. If interested contact William Nd’ungu on email wildleonnd@yahoo.com to facilitate the talk.

· Copies of the Amani Sasa update and Weekly can be accessed on various websites including www.peaceinkenya.net and on www.amanisasa.rescuekenya.org

QUOTE OF THE DAY

If you do not know where you are coming from, you will not know where you are going… Courtesy of Monthly African Proverb (MAP) at www.mymalaika.com

INSPIRATIONAL FEATURE

This weeks Inspirational feature is by Justin N Kimani a consultant on Conflict Transformation specialising on the Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes Region. E-mail: justinkimani@yahoo.com

DELAYED RECONCILIATION AND RESETTLEMENT IS RECIPE FOR RENEWED CONFLICT AND CIVIL WAR.

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