Peacebuilding Radio: Amani FM Throughout the Kenyan Elections

October 25, 2017 |

Amani FM was established in Tana River County, Eastern Kenya, in the weeks prior to the 2017 August general elections. The key objective of this initiative was promoting peace and tolerance throughout the elections in a region historically known to have deeply divided rivalry. In the 2012-2013 election period inter-communal violence led to the loss…

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Chasing Wind Part 1: Rumour Investigation in Kenya

August 4, 2017 |

As the twilight begins in a Tana Delta village, someone awakes and steps outside to answer the call of nature. She stops, then turns to run back to her hut, panting and trembling. “I have seen them. Three armed men are crossing our village.” Those few words ignite like wildfire and before long the whole…

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Sentinel Project In Iraq

July 12, 2017 |

The Sentinel Project has begun operations in Northern Iraq, focusing on violence prevention and mitigation efforts, addressing urgent humanitarian needs, and documenting the crimes perpetrated by armed actors in the region. A Sentinel team is on the ground to develop the programming in coordination with local community-based organizations in Erbil, Mosul and Sinjar district.  The…

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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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The Gift of Certainty

April 3, 2017 |

Between August 2012 and January 2013, the Tana Delta area of eastern Kenya experienced a series of massacres between the Orma and Pokomo ethnic groups. The killings took the lives of an estimated 166 people and displaced tens of thousands from their homes. The violence impacted both the local economy as well as other ethnic…

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Report: Una Hakika Phase 1 Results

December 21, 2015 |

After two years of operating the Una Hakika information service, we are ready share our research findings is the “Una Hakika: Mapping and Countering the Flow of Misinformation in Kenya’s Tana Delta” released today. When our team first visited this part of Kenya that was deeply impacted by interethnic massacres in late 2012 and early…

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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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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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