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Imam Ashafa delivering training in Alexandria

Imam Mohammed Ashafa and Pastor James Wuye from Nigeria were invited to Egypt to deliver training workshops on 'Early Warning – Early Response', a technique they developed to combat and prevent communal conflict. They conducted two workshops in Cairo and Egypt's second city Alexandria. The workshops, which took place between 10 to 18 June 2011, were practical and taught participants to identify and recognise warning signs as well as providing them with the tools to respond effectively through the formation of community action groups. The workshops were attended by community and religious leaders in addition to representatives of civil society organizations.

A Turkana community featured in the Bonus Feature 'Two years later'

An African Answer training package will be launched in the last week of October 2011, at the United States Institute of Peace and other venues in Washington DC. It includes two new DVD bonus features and two resource guides.

The documentary film An African Answer was screened on Wednesday 18 May 2011 at the Crosthwaite Parish Room in Keswick, Cumbria. An African Answer, FLTfilms latest documentary, is shot in Kenya and depicts an African initiative to foster healing and reconciliation after more than one thousand people lost their lives following disputed elections in Kenya at the end of 2007.

An African Answer being screened in a classroom in Egerton University

Waltraut Stroh is pastor for international students in The Hague. She has been a frequent user of the DVD The Imam and Pastor, and more recently also An African Answer. Recently she visited Kenya for a study tour, with a copy of An African Answer in her rucksack, which she showed in an area in Kenya which had experienced considerable violence.

The audience for the Premier of An African Answer reflects Canada's diversity as one of the most multicultural countries in the world. (Photo: Asaju Tunde Lee)

The ripple effect of reconciliation and healing spread by celebrated Nigerian peacemakers Imam Muhammad Ashafa and Pastor James Wuye, reached Canada’s capital city, Ottawa at the recent Canadian premiere of An African Answer co-hosted by Initiatives of Change, Canada and the High Commission of Nigeria in Canada.

Front cover of An African Answer DVD

Screening at St Paul Univeristy of The Imam and the Pastor and the first screening in Ottawa of An African Answer, hosted by Initiatives of Change and Saint Paul University

A group from Kenya talking with Alan Channer after the film

Back in London after a three-month visit to Kenya, Dr Alan Channer, Director of the movie An African Answer, presented a screening of the film in the London centre of Initiatives of Change on 1 March. He and colleagues had shot the documentary film in Kenya in 2008, following post-election violence there. Séverine Chavanne sends this report.

An African answer in Burnt Forest

On 7 February The Daily Nation, a widely read Kenyan newspaper, reported on the upcoming screening of An African Answer in the Burnt Forest area of Kenya. The article also reported that in January President Kibaki was in Eldoret Town on the invitation of Rift Valley leaders for a reconciliation rally. He praised the leaders for resolving to work together to promote peace and reconciliation in the region.

Area Chief Fred Killy hands out DVDs provided by the British High Commission to Burnt Forest residents

The now hugely popular documentary An African Answer came to Burnt Forest, Uasin Gishu County, on 8 February 2011 for screening to the local communities. A celebratory mood swept across the township where the film was shot. Joseph Karanja reports.

Paul Keitany (right) and Maryanne Ntausian (centre) ask Tugen elders for their thoughts on peace and conflict in the area

Towards the end of last year, Joseph Karanja, a volunteer with Initiatives of Change, was asked by the Kenyan Government to join a helicopter mission to northern Kenya, specifically to show the documentary film An African Answer. 500 people affected by cattle-rustling conflicts watched the film. Last week, the film’s director Alan Channer was invited to help develop a strategy for use of the film by the different communities of Baringo County and the remote area of East Pokot.

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