Saturday, August 17, 2013

Peace-Making in Marsabit, Kenya

Widows of Conflict; Widows for Peace - Watch the 24 minute video and the moving testimonies of women who are taking their communities on a journey to peace.

Over the past couple of decades there has been a growing struggle between the Borana and Rendille in Marsabit County of Northern Kenya.  These conflicts have escalated around livestock raids; in fact, more than 250 people have been killed.  Sauti Moja has developed a methodology for peace by using the Community Livestock Banking (CLB), where widows pay off their livestock (4 goats & 1 donkey) loan by passing on the first female offspring to the next needy widow.  In the case of a Peace CLB we have identified 10 Rendille widows and10 Borana widows, whose husbands were killed and livestock taken by the other tribe.  These widows will pass-on their first female livestock offspring to widows from the other tribe.  The Borana widows pass-on to Rendille widows, and Rendille widows pass on to Borana widows.  These widows share their personal testimonies about their journey to a peace, that is now being celebrated throughout their tribal communities.

Invest in Peace

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