Responding to Deadly Conflicts in Western Kenya

by Transforming Community for Social Change
Responding to Deadly Conflicts in Western Kenya
Responding to Deadly Conflicts in Western Kenya
Responding to Deadly Conflicts in Western Kenya
Responding to Deadly Conflicts in Western Kenya
Responding to Deadly Conflicts in Western Kenya
Responding to Deadly Conflicts in Western Kenya
Responding to Deadly Conflicts in Western Kenya
Responding to Deadly Conflicts in Western Kenya
Responding to Deadly Conflicts in Western Kenya
Responding to Deadly Conflicts in Western Kenya
Responding to Deadly Conflicts in Western Kenya
Responding to Deadly Conflicts in Western Kenya
Responding to Deadly Conflicts in Western Kenya
Responding to Deadly Conflicts in Western Kenya
Responding to Deadly Conflicts in Western Kenya
Responding to Deadly Conflicts in Western Kenya

The Covid-19 pandemic has been a threat to the health of many, a lot of people have lost their beloved once in the last one year moreover the pandemic had other consequences that included curfew, lockdowns, travel restrictions, loss of jobs and school closure. In this situation   violence has been triggered easily in families, a father in Kaptama village of Mt Elgon assaulted his son to death for stealing ten shillings that was meant to buy paraffin, and mother in chepyuk village gave birth and throw her child in a pit latrine, the children was saved by the community members and woman is on the run, Erustas  our conduct in Mt Elgon is currently hosting the eleven-month baby. This and many other scenarios shows how people are frustrated and easily getting into violence that may eventually lead to trauma.

          Participants are always helped to create and learn cultures of peace through seeking alternative ways to violence, understanding what is violence through the tree of violence, which reminds participants on things that will erupt violence. Brainstorming the tree of non-violence show all the possibility of learning how good roots give birth to good fruits of nonviolence and for this to work one will need transforming power discernment when confronted in a violent way. In three days’ facilitators help participants to understand the five elements of transforming power of Caring for others especially during this difficult times of Covid-19 pandemic, respect for self and others, think before reacting, asking for a non-violent solutions and expecting the best. All this will help participants for learn how to affirm self and others, good communication which will help in cooperation and in case there is a problem, they will find out creative non-violent ways of solving which include use of I messages, problem solving using broken squares and role plays.

AVP program has helped deescalate violence among young people in Mt. Elgon, the training has played a key role in reducing direct violence in schools and community, we hope to continue to use the AVP tools in preparedness of our general elections are schedule for next year.

“The tree of violence was in me, I couldn’t think twice, and small misunderstanding will trigger me in a fight with siblings including my parents, I have had problems controlling my anger, learning about transforming power I feel am now able to control my anger and have the ability to judge well without getting in a fight” participants

“I wish to thanks the organization that has brought this training, the training is going to help all of us and especially my administration which be handling lots of cases of violence, if we allow transforming power to work in us, then this tree of nonviolence will grow in all of Mt. Elgon” area administrator

“Elections are coming next year youth you should not be used by politicians to peddle violence and cause mayhem, use this basic knowledge of non-violence to preach peace, make roleplays of peace in school and churches, practice I message at home to save this mountain from political violence” AVP facilitator

“The training was very educative and fun” participants

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Having worked in Mt Elgon since 2007, men have always been blamed for the atrocities that faced the mountain during the Sabout Land Defence Force(SLDF), the group was responsible for deliberately killing and abduction of young men who were used to paddle the narrative of land rights and those who refused were mutilated body parts especially the right ear and other inhuman treatment, women were raped and sexually violated. The force wanted specific land parcels in the event of forcefully acquiring them, they would destruct and burn down properties, steal livestock and kill the original owners of the property and dump their bodies in open pit latrines.

The training brought men from Chepyuk, Emma, Chorleywood, and Kapkateny. The purpose of the training was to reflect on the aftermath of the land conflict that continue to trigger new life stressors that include the Covid-19 pandemic

Some of us were forced to join the sldf militia to save our families and land, I was tortured before I accepted, after the government intervened and most of us were sentenced to jail, we lost everything, the fight was in vain, most of us were used, am very sad I betrayed my wife and children, I suffered ten years in prison, I have been struggling for the last four years, this training has saved me from committing suicide, I need your help and forgiveness” x-militia

On the third day of the training the men in the training formed a watchdog group in four areas of Kopsiro division. The groups will be responsible to report and intervene any form of gender based violence, they will also work with local administration.

“We have directly or indirectly aided violence against women, most men have perpetrated violence, today we stand and say no to violence against women and children, through the Mt. Elgon men watchdog with the help of TCSC, we will advocate for nonviolence and report any kind of abuse and any formation that may be used to create or plan for violence” participant

“This training has reminded me of my dark past, through your initiative of integrating us back in community am happy after prison I was accepted and forgiven, HROC training has helped me to forgive myself and start my journey of healing” participant

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Distribution of relief food
Distribution of relief food

Our collective fight against Covid-19 virus has been part of our new normal. Transforming community for social change has been responding to conflict in the larger western region for more than ten years, since last year, we have been fighting Covid-19 which has put our country and the world to test. The pandemic has given us an opportunity to reflect, as Kenyans and the world, on the fact that there has been no war as big as the one we are currently fighting. The positivity rate has been alarming, during these testing times, however, caution has been our best defence, the best arsenal in the fight against the pandemic. The latest wave in Covid-19 infections, is teaching us that we need an inclusive personal responsibility in the fight against Covid-19. As part of infection control measures for the pandemic, in our TSCS trainings we have encourage participants to adopt preventive measures such as hand washing, wearing masks, sanitising, social distancing and adopting behavioural changes such as avoiding crowds. When we have people dying in our country as a result of this virus, we should all bear the responsibility to play a unique part in this collective battle against the virus. Loss of jobs, lockdowns and curfew still hurt many Kenyans, humanitarian support of basic needs still a key priority among vulnerable.

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Ten years in ministry

As we celebrate 10 years in peace building and community development. Transforming Community for Social Change responds with effective programs at the grassroots level to political, tribal, and other conflicts in western Kenya and Kakuma refugee camp. These responses include alternatives to violence, trauma healing and reconciliation, non-violent direct action, mediation, community dialogues, and listening sessions. The goal is to keep conflicts from escalating through retaliation and revenge. Thousands of Kenyans are involved in these peace sessions. To our partners and individual that have supported TCSC Each and every day, we’re wowed by your generosity. Words can’t quite express how much your compassion means to all of us at TSCSbut from the bottom of our hearts: thank you African Greatlakes Initiative, GlobalGiving, Go campaign, Friends Peace Teams, African Great Lakes Peace Trust and TSCS members.

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Humanitarian support to needy and vulnerable
Humanitarian support to needy and vulnerable

Our collective fight against Covid-19 virus has been part of our new normal. Transforming community for social change has been responding to conflict in the larger western region for more than ten years, one year down the line we have been fighting Covid-19 which has put our country and the world to test. The pandemic has given us an opportunity to reflect, as Kenyans and the world, on the fact that there has been no war as big as the one we are currently fighting. The positivity rate has been alarming, during these testing times, however, caution has been our best defence, the best arsenal in the fight against the pandemic. The latest wave in Covid-19 infections, is teaching us that we need an inclusive personal responsibility in the fight against Covid-19. As part of infection control measures for the pandemic, in our trainings we have encourage participants to adopt preventive measures such as hand washing, wearing masks, sanitising, social distancing and adopting behavioural changes such as avoiding crowds. When we have people dying in our country as a result of this virus, we should all bear the responsibility to play a unique part in this collective battle against the virus.

Lessons learned

Wear a mask. Watch your distance from others. Wash your hands. Avoid large gatherings and ensure that we do not contract the virus. our first social responsibility is to our self and to those who live with us. Be attentive to any signs of infection in you or anyone around you. If we feel sick, we limit our moving around. In this way, we won’t put anyone else at risk. If we don’t live alone, isolate our self at home and get tested.

Letting our guard down can be dangerous but doing the basics around Covid-19 can be a life-saving. As an organization we have are supporting vulnerable communities with mental health education, trauma healing and humanitarian support.

World Refugee day was celebrated in kakuma refugee camp with a theme of together we heal, learn and shine

World refugee day
World refugee day
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