NAIROBI, KENYA, July 24, 2017—Recently, Professor Kagwanja, Chief Executive of the Africa Policy Institute, called on the government to invest in training and equipping the police in non-violent methods to de-escalate crises and counter extremism without violating human rights. Based on our experiences in Kenya, Mediators Beyond Borders International (MBBI) offers our whole-hearted support to this recommendation.
The current situation in Kenya, people suffering from inter-ethnic and resource-scarcity-based violence, remains a key challenge for marginalised pastoralist communities. The good news from the counties, is that the government agencies and non-governmental organizations are working with pastoralist communities to help them develop genuine lines of communication among communities and between communities and security forces. This is making a difference. We know from experience these bridges and relationships are essential to restore peace.
Community Dialoguing and other peace-keeping activities have been undervalued and lack infrastructure support that could create a more impactful and wider programme to save the lives of citizens and security forces. [Read more…]