Kenya Situation of Concern – May 2014 Update

June 5, 2014 |

This month Nairobi, Mombasa and Garissa have been identified as areas where terror attacks are imminent while the Northern region, which covers Wajir, Mandera and Garissa and the Tana Delta region, was singled out as an area where incidences are primarily ethnic or inter clan related.  Increased terror attacks across the country have led foreign…

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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:

Information Security in the Tana Delta

May 28, 2014 |

TANA DELTA, KENYA — Information security is an issue which has been raised several times in the communities currently being visited by The Sentinel Project in Kenya’s Tana Delta. As discovered during our recent survey of Tana residents, 82% of residents polled own cellular phones, most of whom rely on SMS (91% overall across Kenya,…

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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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The Importance of Dispelling Rumours in the Tana Delta

May 23, 2014 |

The dynamics of conflict are constantly changing, and given the pace of innovations in technology it is apparent that the traditional triggers of conflicts are also changing. Tana Delta, where Una Hakika is focusing its efforts to advocate for peace using mobile technology is a microcosm of any other region affected by ethnic violence.  Factors…

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Moving Forward With Una Hakika

May 21, 2014 |

Canadian members of the Sentinel Project arrived in Nairobi on Saturday, May 17th, amidst lingering tension across the city after the Al-Shabaab bombings the day before. We spent our first few days in Nairobi preparing for our work in the Tana Delta by touching base with our partner organizations, in which we shared our work…

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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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The Case for Una Hakika

March 24, 2014 |

Will Una Hakika be a viable tool in combating violence in in Tana Delta? The best way to answer this question is to analyze the impact of technology in Kenya in the security or peace sector. The use of technology in Kenya has been used to both perpetrate and prevent crime because Kenya is a…

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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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