Kick for peace

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Kick for peace

In the 2007/2008 post-election ethnic violence over 1,200 Kenyans lost their lives and hundreds of thousands were displaced rendering them homeless for months. The willingness of many Kenyan youth to engage in violence shocked the world. The 2007-08 violence was the most widely reported and the episode in which the international community was most involved. At the height of the violence, a small group of women and men, from rival ethnicities, came together to create Kicks for Peace, a football tournament and conflict resolution extravaganza in the Nairobi slums of Mathare, Korogocho and Huruma. Thousands participated in Nairobi’s most tense neighborhoods, inspiring young adults and children to lay down their weapons, to talk about how to resolve conflict, and play football. Amidst reporting on the violence, CNN called Kicks for Peace, “The start of a solution.” The creators of Kicks for Peace are doing it again, with a focus on those communities most impacted in 2008. And we would like to partner with you
From February 18th to 28th 2013 Centre for Sports Law (CSL), together with Eco- sandals, Action for Children in Conflict (AfcIc), the youth Congress and the reality tested youth program organized a successful “Kicks for Peace II”, in Naivasha, Nakuru, and the Huruma and Mathare slums of Nairobi where youths were engaged on the importance of keeping peace during and after the elections.

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