Peace initiative for Tana Idps
20 September 2012, 13:03
Provincial administration in collaboration with stakeholder’s youths and women in Malindi will hold peace forum at Malindi Catholic Hall on Friday in a bid to encourage co-existence among two Tana displaced communities and locals living in the area.
About 250 people from different areas of the Malindi district together with Tana Delta displaced people from the two rival communities are expected to attend the peace forum according to Malindi district officer Josephine Njenga.
“We have met different stakeholders, youths and women expected to attend the peace forum who will act as ambassadors of peace to the rest in the region and we have finalized everything.
The idea has been generated by increase in number of Tana Delta displaced people in the region and as the country head to election time so that people can be encouraged to co-exist to avoid internal conflicts,” she asserted.
Njenga said they have involved youths in the peace forum mostly because they are mostly used to cause violence and especially during election time.
“As we all know that youths are mostly known to be used to cause chaos we decided to engage them in the peace forums as the country heads to election period as well as bringing to a round table those displaced people from Tana and urge them to forget the past and think of the future as they prepare to go back to their respective villages soon,” noted DO Njenga.
Njenga said displaced people from Tana Delta most of them women and children living in the area lacks food and clothes and so urged well wishers to volunteer relief food, non-food items among other things that can be helpful to them during the forum noting that they are in a great need.
Currently Malindi district alone has over 5,000 displaced people who sought refuge in the area following tribal clash in Tana Delta which has claimed lives of over 100 innocent people.
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