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During a small group meeting, Joseph Wainaina (left) explains his part in coordinating the Peace Caravan in Eldoret

Joseph Wainaina fled from Eldoret in 1992, when his house was burnt to the ground in ethnic clashes. Some years later, whilst researching where to buy weapons to take revenge, a friend challenged him with the line 'forgive those who sin against us'. Wainaina was overcome by a spirit of forgiveness. Since then he has been working with Initiatives of Change for reconciliation between Kenya's different ethnic groups.

Peace and reconciliation in Kenya

12 December 2013 marks 50 years of Kenyan independence. People came to Nairobi from the desert reaches bordering Somalia, the port city of Mombasa, the drylands of Baringo and the political hotbed of Eldoret. The All Africa Conference of Churches provided the venue without charge. The theme of the gathering was ‘The dynamics of peace and reconciliation in Kenya’. It was facilitated by internationally acclaimed peacemakers from Nigeria, Imam Dr Muhammad Ashafa and Pastor Dr James Wuye.

Pastor James Movel Wuye (left) and Imam Muhammed Nurayn Ashafa from Nigeria

A national conference for Christian leaders brought together over 1,000 Chadians in N'Djamena from 24-28 June. One of the two main themes of the conference was interfaith dialogue. This was addressed by Chawkat Moucarry, director for inter-faith relations at World Vision, who showed the film The Imam and the Pastor (made by Initiatives of Change's FLTfilms) to the 1,000 participants.

Pokots harvesting grass seed comp

'Without peace we cannot have development in this county'. Alan Channer reports on IofC's Initiative for Land, Lives and Peace at work in Kenya's Baringo County where cattle rustling is symptomatic of a complex web of inter-related problems.

Pokot women harvesting grass seed

'Without peace we cannot have development in this county'. Alan Channer reports on IofC's Initiative for Land, Lives and Peace at work in Kenya's Baringo County where cattle rustling is symptomatic of a complex web of inter-related problems.

Youth group discussion

‘Our youth are affected by radicalization, drug abuse, peer pressure and social media. I have been wanting to bring together Christian and Muslim youth in Mombasa for 10 years,’ said Reverend Jane Jilani. ‘Today it has happened.’. Alan Channer reports on the continuing influence of renowned Nigerian peacemakers Pastor Wuye and Imam Ashafa in Kenya.

Youth group discussion

‘Our youth are affected by radicalization, drug abuse, peer pressure and social media. I have been wanting to bring together Christian and Muslim youth in Mombasa for 10 years,’ said Reverend Jane Jilani. ‘Today it has happened.’. Alan Channer reports on the continuing influence of renowned Nigerian peacemakers Pastor Wuye and Imam Ashafa in Kenya.

District Commissioner of Eldoret Christopher Wanjau and County Secretary Phillip Arap Meli receive DVD copies of 'An African Answer' from Pastor James Wuye and Imam Muhammad Ashafa. Joseph Wainaina is third from left.

For Joseph Wainaina, to lead a peace caravan in his home city of Eldoret was a dream come true. In 1992, Wainaina and his family had to flee for their lives from Eldoret, after election-triggered clashes between the Kalenjin and Kikuyu communities. His house was burnt down and his aunt was killed. On 16 May, he led the peace caravan, through former conflict hot-spots of the city, with his close friend and co-organizer, Chrisostom Maiyo, former Area Chief of Eldoret, a Kalenjin.

Community leaders in Baringo

Pokot, Ilchamus, Tugen and Turkana communities came together over two days in March in Baringo, Kenya seeking the means to finding lasting peace. Joseph Karanja reports.

The Chaplain to the Kenya Defence Forces, Rt Revd Bishop Alfred Rotich, and Pastor James Wuye interact in group discussion

The Chaplain to the Kenya Defence Forces, the Rt Rev Bishop Alfred Rotich, gave his advice and blessing to participants at a workshop for peace practitioners in Nakuru, Kenya. Addressing the final meeting on 23 November, he said, ‘I can see and I can feel, from your expressions and the way you are with one another, that you practise peace.’

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