Una Hakika: Looking Ahead

November 7, 2018 |

Last week we looked back at Una Hakika’s beginnings in an interview with the Sentinel Project’s executive director, Christopher Tuckwood. Continuing the reflective conversation, we now look to the future of the project and the universal applicability of the lessons learned from it.   How will the Una Hakika project end and be handed over…

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Una Hakika: Looking Back

October 31, 2018 |

This year we celebrated the Sentinel Project’s tenth anniversary and this has inspired lots of both looking back and looking ahead. In this first instalment of a two-part interview, executive director Christopher Tuckwood reflects on the early days of Una Hakika and all of the challenges the project has overcome.   Looking back to that first…

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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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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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Peace Begins with the Truth

December 21, 2016 |

  An interview with Kode Wario, Una Hakika Community Ambassador   In terms of the recent expansion of Una Hakika into Lamu, how will the program be beneficial to the community? In its expansion to the Lamu community Una Hakika shall will be a great benefit. In my findings through the few months that I…

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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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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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