Peace and Technology in Myanmar’s Royal City

April 10, 2017 |

Since 2015, the Sentinel Project has partnered with Burmese organizations to implement direct co-operation programs with at-risk communities.  One such initiative is Peaceful Truth, an effort to combat extremism and prevent the outbreak of violence in the city of Mandalay using new methods of communication, information verification, and outreach.  Serving more than 1.2 million residents,…

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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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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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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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Sentinel Focus: John Otunga Discusses How Rumours Lead To Violence

January 30, 2015 |

This Sentinel Focus feature highlights John Otunga, Project Co-ordinator for The Sentinel Project’s (https://thesentinelproject.org/) Una Hakika initiative. Una Hakika (Swahili for ‘Are you sure?’) is a program launched in 2013 to use telecommunications in Kenya’s violence-prone Tana Delta in order to counter misinformation which contributed to several massacres and heightened inter-communal tensions. John’s job involves…

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Burma: State Apparatus at the Center of Recent Violence and Persecution

December 22, 2014 |

Civil war and ethnic cleansing have marred Burma’s ostensible transformation from Junta to democracy. In Rakhine State, the new era has been heralded by periodic outbreaks of mass violence involving mobs of Buddhist civilians waging pogroms on Muslim Rohingya villagers and forcing them into Rakhine State’s nightmarish network of concentration camps, barbed-wire-enclosed IDP camps where the inmates are not allowed to…

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Burma and the Margins of Genocide

November 2, 2014 |

Introduction Genocide is widely seen as the world’s most serious crime. Consequently, it possesses a normative weight surpassing any other crime and victims often seek to define their collective suffering as being genocidal. The case of Burma provides an interesting case study of the boundaries of the legislated notion of genocide. Thus far in this…

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Lighting the Spark: The Mobilization of Anti-Muslim Violence in Burma

October 24, 2014 |

Kjell Anderson is a researcher and lecturer at the Netherlands Institute for War, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies. He is also a member of the Council of Advisors of the Sentinel Project.   The Dynamics of Mass Violence Mass violence, such as genocide and crimes against humanity, involves numerous perpetrators, victims, and bystanders. Consequently, such violence…

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