Remembering the Rwandan Genocide

April 7, 2014 |

Today marks twenty years since the onset of the Rwandan Genocide. On 7 April 1994 began the worst instance of genocide since World War II, when members of the Rwanda’s Hutu majority slaughtered an estimated 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus in one hundred days of hell. The sheer scale of this atrocity staggers the mind…

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The Future of Una Hakika

February 14, 2014 |

In this interview Drew Boyd, the Sentinel Project’s Kenya Situation of Concern Team Lead, weighs in on rumour-spreading in the Tana Delta, emerging trends in our field research and aspirations for the future of Una Hakika. What were your expectations for the Una Hakika project in the Tana Delta? It has a lot of potential….

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Una Hakika Baseline Survey: A Photo Essay

February 3, 2014 |

Yesterday Sentinel Project team members working on the Una Hakika project here in Kenya traveled to the village of Kipao to conduct a baseline survey to gain insight into the community members’ sources of information and assess their response to harmful misinformation such as rumours.      

The Tana Delta Peace Forum

January 31, 2014 |

Yesterday members of the Sentinel Project were invited to the Tana Delta Peace Forum held in the Maridhiano Hall in Minjila village, outside of Garsen. The Peace Forum is held once a month and is attended by NGO and government representatives from around the area, with Deputy County Commissioner Mike Kimoko serving as the chairman….

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The Drone Debate: Transparency and Accountability

November 28, 2013 |

In this last post of our blog series on the humanitarian use of drones we look at two closely related issues that call into question the current use of armed drones and raise a serious point of discussion for the humanitarian use of this technology. These two issues are transparency and accountability. Transparency refers to…

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Challenges of Humanitarian Drones

November 18, 2013 |

A few weeks ago we discussed the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for social good, and presented ways in which drones could contribute to genocide prevention. But while there is great humanitarian potential for drones, several challenges lie ahead. Chief among these is a lack of safeguards that restrict their use, completely or in…

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Drones for Social Good

October 22, 2013 |

  In last week’s edition of this series, we examined how drone strikes violate human rights and took a closer look at instances when civilians were harmed. When most people hear the word “drone,” it is usually these negative images that come to mind, and it’s safe to say that the use of drones carries…

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The Victims of Drone Strikes

October 17, 2013 |

Saadullah was injured in a drone attack in 2011, losing his eye and both legs.   Last week Pakistani girls’ education activist Malala Yousafzai visited US President Barack Obama at the White House.  Malala had been targeted by the Taliban for campaigning for girls’ education in Pakistan, and was shot in the head on her…

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The Drone Debate

October 7, 2013 |

One of the biggest obstacles to the prevention of genocide and other large-scale human rights abuses is obtaining accurate information about lead-up events in time to do something about them. Placing human observers on the ground is a key means of gathering this information, but humans get hurt and killed, and being an observer in…

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Is Abortion Comparable to Genocide?

September 30, 2013 |

  Last week a student group at the University of Manitoba made headlines when they protested a pro-life rally that used graphic imagery of aborted fetuses to liken abortion to genocide.  This isn’t a new tactic, as pro-life campaigners have a long history of exploiting the concept of genocide, particularly the Holocaust, to get their…

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