Kenya Situation of Concern Update: August 2014

September 11, 2014 |

Unrest has been experienced in northern Kenya due to multiple incidents of inter-ethnic clashes and terror attacks. This has not received public attention in comparison to recent attacks in Lamu and residents of those areas feel sidelined by the government. The ongoing inter-clan war, which began in May 2014, is currently at its worst. The…

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Community Ambassador Trainings: A Photo Essay

August 19, 2014 |

During a baseline survey conducted by The Sentinel Project to determine the access to and use of technology in the Tana Delta area, respondents were asked if they were interested in joining future violence prevention efforts through Una Hakika.  In May-June 2014 The Sentinel Project traveled to 16 villages throughout the Tana Delta to train…

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Insights From the Field: Part II

July 24, 2014 |

By John Green and Christine Mutisya During our second field visit to the Tana Delta our team’s focus was sensitizing the community to the objectives of Una Hakika through the training of volunteer community ambassadors.  Community ambassadors serve as representatives of Una Hakika in their respective communities. Una Hakika Ambassadors are individuals who are passionate…

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Violence Prevention Through Tana FM

July 15, 2014 |

By John Green and Christine Mutisya Last month, Una Hakika team members were invited to the Health Communication Resources (HCR) stakeholders consultation meeting in Hola, in the Tana Deta area of Kenya. HCR is a UK-based organization that works with developing communities to design, develop and implement community-centered media response that meet community needs, and…

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A Voice of the Community

June 10, 2014 |

In this interview Una Hakika community ambassador Kode Komora discusses his involvement with the project and his hopes for his community: How did you first hear about Una Hakika? I first heard about Una Hakika when I met John Green.  Our youth group (Delta VCEZ Youth Group) were doing activities in terms of peace, and…

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Why Peace?

June 2, 2014 |

During our Una Hakika community ambassador training sessions we hold a discussion entitled “Why Peace?” in which participants explain what the peace building process means to them.  These are some their responses:

The Role of Una Hakika Community Ambassadors

May 26, 2014 |

  Over the last few days the Una Hakika team has conducted volunteer ambassador trainings in communities around the Tana Delta. We have completed four such sessions so far in Pokomo, Orma, and ethnically mixed villages, some of which were directly affected by violent clashes that claimed the lives of several community members. Yesterday our…

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Politicians Hesitant to Address Tana Delta Conflict

April 16, 2014 |

March was a momentous month for the people of Garsen, home to The Sentinel Project’s Una Haikika violence-prevention initiative in the Tana Delta area of Kenya, with many high-profile political events taking place here.  Interestingly, during SP’s surveys in this area in February, we found out that many people distrust politicians. Many stated that if…

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WikiRumours Goes Open Source

March 7, 2014 |

Earlier this week, we released the first version of our downloadable, open source rumour management software, WikiRumours. An instance of this software, called Una Hakika? (“Are your sure?”), is currently being configured to support our efforts in Kenya’s Tana Delta. WikiRumours is both a piece of software and an implied workflow for triaging and responding…

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How it works: Una Hakika

February 17, 2014 |

We’ve been talking and writing a lot lately about Una Hakika but haven’t really taken the time yet to fully describe what it is. After all, what does it mean in practice to prevent atrocities in a remote part of eastern Kenya by using mobile phones to counter misinformation? This is a unique and fairly…

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