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Securing the Delta: An Analysis of Rumour Propagation in Tana Delta

December 1, 2015 |

Numerous explanations have been proposed for the spread of misinformation in the world. The most common of these rumours are inaccurate or incomplete information or for vested interest. Kenya’s Tana Delta is a region rife with rumours and in the past two years Una Hakika has been mapping and countering misinformation that contributes to violence…

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Burundi: The Tipping Point

November 23, 2015 |

There is a crisis in Burundi and not enough is being done to stop it. The ongoing violence in has finally started to attract a lot of international attention in recent days with some observers comparing it to neighbouring Rwanda before the genocide [1], while United Nations officials have stated that the organization – and…

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Violence Prevention From the Ground Up

September 30, 2015 |

  An interview with Drew Boyd, Director of Operations at the Sentinel Project How has Una Hakika worked with authorities to prevent the spread of rumours that may lead to violence? Drew: Una Hakika set out from the very beginning to plug into as many different and varied groups as possible and local authorities were…

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Open Street Map in the Central African Republic

September 18, 2015 |

The following article was contributed by Ines Zebdi What is Open Street Map and what is HOT ? Open Street Map (OSM) is a collaborative project aiming to create a free and open map of the world made by volunteers with GPS images, digitizing aerial imagery and geographic data, in order to fill the gaps…

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The Practice of Dispelling Rumours in Tana Delta

August 17, 2015 |

The question of the role of rumours in conflict begs an understanding into their construction, channels of distribution, their velocity, and their believability in the minds of local communities. True to any multi-ethnic community in Kenya, rumours are key in determining peace and stability. Tana River County presents a very unique case of bipolarity with…

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Burundi and the Eurosha Open Source Database Program

August 10, 2015 |

Article Contributed by Ines Zebdi   What is Eurosha ? Eurosha is a European project launched to develop the techniques of Open Source Database and collaborative cartography for humanitarian purposes, using in particular the Open Street Map and Sahana tools. Sahana is a free database listing hospitals, shelters, organisations and associations, and humanitarian projects. This…

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New Paradigms of Violence: Are Burma’s Rohingya Facing a “Hybrid Genocide”?

June 7, 2015 |

At the very end of April 2015, an unspecified number Rohingya Muslims, members of what many have called the “world’s most persecuted people,” began to receive disturbing text messages on their mobile phones. The messages implied that if their home region, Rakhine State, were made independent from Burma, the long-running state policy of discrimination and…

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Blanket Exercise on Parliament Hill: From Apology to Action

June 4, 2015 |

On the evening of Monday June 1st, I had the opportunity to attend a mass Blanket Exercise on Parliament Hill, organized by the Assembly of Seven Generations as part of the closing of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC). The  event  opened with an Ojibwe prayer song by an elder of the community,…

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Youth Preventing Violence

June 1, 2015 |

    An interview with Una Hakika community ambassador Kode Komora   What are the lasting effects of violence in the Tana Delta? I think that ethnic hatred has led to unfair job distribution, based on which tribe is in power.  Unstable political development agendas are another effect, as now people have come to know…

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Una Hakika Users Vote On Value of Misinformation Management

April 28, 2015 |

In April 2015, residents of Kenya’s Tana Delta voted.  The votes cast were not to elect a new official to political office.  Instead, the Una Hakika program wanted to ensure that the direct recipients of its humanitarian programming also had the most direct impact on how it would continue.  In a first for the Tana Delta,…

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