Kenya

Building Locally Driven Movements – a case of Turning the Tide in Kenya

Laura Shipler Chico

When violence erupted after Kenya’s last elections in 2007, Kenyan Quakers were quick to respond – first with humanitarian aid, then moving house-to-house listening to people’s experiences and worries. Eventually they began to help people process their trauma and knit their communities back together. But as they did this, people told them, “You are here telling us not to be violent. But if we hadn’t been violent you wouldn’t be here to begin with.” Some who heard that message promised to come back with a strategy to speak out strongly and loudly against social injustice but without resorting to violent methods.

African Nonviolence and Peace-builders Network Formed

Gathering Hosted by War Resisters' International and Ceasefire Campaign

Between the 26 – 30 July in Johannesburg, peacemakers from 12 countries in Africa met to share experiences, and birthed a new, continent-wide African Nonviolence and Peace-building Network. The delegates from over a dozen organizations pledged to intensify coordinated nonviolent resistance from the South to the North of Africa.

Kenya: First Military Recruitment Under New Law Begins Monday

Walter Menya

12 September 2010

Nairobi — The national military recruitment drive will be launched on Monday, the Ministry of Defence has announced.

A statement from the ministry stated that the launch will be presided over by the Vice Chief of General Staff Lt Gen Julius Karangi at the Defence headquarters officers' mess on Monday, September 13, beginning 2pm.

War Resisters' International in Nairobi

A report on War Resisters' International's activities at the World Social Forum in Kenya


War Resisters' International took part in the Nairobi World Social Forum with an international delegation, consisting of participants from 4 continents: Ela Gandhi (South Africa) and Theodros Azbaha (Eritrea), Rafael Uzcategui (Venezuela), Michal Stoler (Israel), Clare Bayard (USA), Subhadip Mukherjee (India), Tobias Pflüger (Germany), Stellan Vinthagen (Sweden), and Andreas Speck, Javier Garate and Yvonne Kassim from the WRI office in London.

Editorial

At the WSF in NairobiAt the WSF in Nairobi"People's Struggles - people's alternatives" was the theme of ther 7th World Social Forum which took place in Nairobi from 20-25 January 2007. War Resisters' International took part in this World Social Forum with a 10-persons strong delegation.

WRI at the World Social Forum 2007: Report

Introduction

"People's Struggles - people's alternatives" was the theme of ther 7th World Social Forum which took place in Nairobi from 20-25 January 2007. War Resisters' International took part in this World Social Forum with a 10-persons strong delegation.

No doubt, this World Social Forum was different. Africa - Kenya - made its presence felt. Kenyan and African culture and music were present everywhere at the forum, to the extent that drums and music did not always have a positive impact on discussions.

War Resisters at the 2007 WSF in Nairobi

Everything is ready for the 2007 World Social Forum in Nairobi that starts the 20th of January. War Resisters' International  will be present there  with a delegation and a number of events. With the aim of promoting and making more visible antimilitarism and nonviolence at this movement of movements event. And also to strengthen our connections with groups in Africa.

Editorial

People's Struggles, People's Alternatives is the theme of the World Social Forum in Nairobi, a theme, which certainly is of relevance to antimilitarists and pacifists. And a theme, that is also very relevant in the African context, where people struggle against neo-colonial exploitation, and against war and violence.
Since the beginning of the World Social Forum process in 2001,

War Resisters' International at the World Social Forum 2007, Nairobi: Programme

21 January

African Perspectives on Nonviolence
Seminar, 11.30—14.00, room 9 IN – Upper
Speakers: Dennis Brutus, Ela Gandhi, Netsai Mushonga
The seminar is aimed at raising the profile of nonviolence in Africa, and to connect African and international nonviolent activists.

Networking Against War Profiteers
Workshop, 17.30—20.00, room D1
Facilitator: Javier Garate
A workshop for people who are campaigning (or interested in campaigning) against war profiteers.

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