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The story of the
Friends Church
Peace Team in
Kenya
On 27 December
2007, Kenyans
go to the polls to
elect a new
president
As the announcement of a winner is
inexplicably delayed, the vote
counting process loses credibility and
tension mounts in...
Young people take to the streets in protest.
Their actions are destructive of property, but
not (at that stage) violent ag...
Youth burn tires and throw stones.
Police respond with live bullets.
Homes and shops are looted and burned,
primarily those belonging to ethnic
minority communities in that location
Transportation is
cut nationwide
Homes of ethnic minorities are
burned
Internally displaced people are chased from
their homes and dumped on the roadside –
more than 300,000 are displaced natio...
Kisumu city center is completely
ransacked, looted and burned.
Much of this is done by the police.
Many thousands are injured
1,133 people are killed, the
majority of them by the police
Some IDPs are organized in camps
Many are left to fend for
themselves
Friends begin doing what they can
to help, in their own locations
Kenyan Quaker leaders meet 24-27 January
2008 to discern a common response. The
Friends Church Peace Team is created.
Strategies are agreed
Priority #1 is humanitarian
assistance to IDPs
We find groups of IDPs who are not in
organized camps and are not being
served by any other agency
The need is enormous and we struggle
to focus on what we can do
We learn “on the job”
27 February 2008 – Kofi Annan brokers a power-
sharing agreement that ends the violence. There
is a commitment to address ...
The government orders all IDPs to leave the
camps and return to their “ancestral homes”.
People continue to be dumped in p...
We choose Turbo Division as the locus of
our work, focusing on reconciliation
between the “receiving” and “returning”
comm...
We carry out a house-to-house
survey in Turbo
We bring the Christian and Muslim
leaders in Turbo together to form
an interfaith peace task force
Young people from diverse ethnic
groups in Turbo are trained as AVP
facilitators
We spend time on training and
reflection as a team
We hire Getry Agizah to serve as
the FCPT Coordinator
Our programme settles into a long-
term strategy for peacemaking in
Kenya, including:
•Alternatives to Violence Programme ...
We form international partnerships
The five-year term of the coalition
government ends in 2013 and the country
heads to another general election
We focus on prevention of election-
related violence
Citizen reporters
Civic
education
The election in March 2013 is
(mostly) peaceful and (mostly)
credible
The new President and Deputy
President are on trial at the ICC,
accused of masterminding the 2008
violence
Kenya is a “frontline” state in the
war on terror
Friends continue to witness and
work for peace in their own context
and globally
Friends are still working for peace,
justice and reconciliation in Kenya.
The need continues, long after the
headlines mov...
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The story of the Friends Church Peace Team

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The Friends Church Peace Team, a ministry of Kenyan Friends (Quakers) arose in response to the post-election violence of 2007/2008. This slideshow tells that story.

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The story of the Friends Church Peace Team

  1. 1. The story of the Friends Church Peace Team in Kenya
  2. 2. On 27 December 2007, Kenyans go to the polls to elect a new president
  3. 3. As the announcement of a winner is inexplicably delayed, the vote counting process loses credibility and tension mounts in the country. Youth begin to gather in the streets for “peaceful protest”. When the result is finally announced, it is considered by many to be rigged.
  4. 4. Young people take to the streets in protest. Their actions are destructive of property, but not (at that stage) violent against people.
  5. 5. Youth burn tires and throw stones. Police respond with live bullets.
  6. 6. Homes and shops are looted and burned, primarily those belonging to ethnic minority communities in that location
  7. 7. Transportation is cut nationwide
  8. 8. Homes of ethnic minorities are burned
  9. 9. Internally displaced people are chased from their homes and dumped on the roadside – more than 300,000 are displaced nationwide
  10. 10. Kisumu city center is completely ransacked, looted and burned. Much of this is done by the police.
  11. 11. Many thousands are injured
  12. 12. 1,133 people are killed, the majority of them by the police
  13. 13. Some IDPs are organized in camps
  14. 14. Many are left to fend for themselves
  15. 15. Friends begin doing what they can to help, in their own locations
  16. 16. Kenyan Quaker leaders meet 24-27 January 2008 to discern a common response. The Friends Church Peace Team is created.
  17. 17. Strategies are agreed
  18. 18. Priority #1 is humanitarian assistance to IDPs
  19. 19. We find groups of IDPs who are not in organized camps and are not being served by any other agency
  20. 20. The need is enormous and we struggle to focus on what we can do
  21. 21. We learn “on the job”
  22. 22. 27 February 2008 – Kofi Annan brokers a power- sharing agreement that ends the violence. There is a commitment to address root causes.
  23. 23. The government orders all IDPs to leave the camps and return to their “ancestral homes”. People continue to be dumped in places where they have no resources.
  24. 24. We choose Turbo Division as the locus of our work, focusing on reconciliation between the “receiving” and “returning” communities
  25. 25. We carry out a house-to-house survey in Turbo
  26. 26. We bring the Christian and Muslim leaders in Turbo together to form an interfaith peace task force
  27. 27. Young people from diverse ethnic groups in Turbo are trained as AVP facilitators
  28. 28. We spend time on training and reflection as a team
  29. 29. We hire Getry Agizah to serve as the FCPT Coordinator
  30. 30. Our programme settles into a long- term strategy for peacemaking in Kenya, including: •Alternatives to Violence Programme (AVP) •Healing and Rebuilding Our Communities (HROC) •Transformative Mediation •Turning the Tide (TTT) •Sporting events •Interfaith events •Advocacy and public policy
  31. 31. We form international partnerships
  32. 32. The five-year term of the coalition government ends in 2013 and the country heads to another general election
  33. 33. We focus on prevention of election- related violence
  34. 34. Citizen reporters
  35. 35. Civic education
  36. 36. The election in March 2013 is (mostly) peaceful and (mostly) credible
  37. 37. The new President and Deputy President are on trial at the ICC, accused of masterminding the 2008 violence
  38. 38. Kenya is a “frontline” state in the war on terror
  39. 39. Friends continue to witness and work for peace in their own context and globally
  40. 40. Friends are still working for peace, justice and reconciliation in Kenya. The need continues, long after the headlines move on. Support the Friends Church Peace Team with a donation today. www.fum.org

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