On March 4th, Kenya hosted elections for political offices - and Food for the Hungry is asking you to join us in praying for peace. In 2007, Kenya's political elections ended in violence with more than 1,000 deaths and more than 500,000 people displaced.
To avoid a repeat disaster, FH has promoted peace messages during the past month through print, radio and events in rural and urban areas where violence occurred in 2007. As a member of Integral Alliance, FH is carrying out this work with partner organizations to help protect FH communities in Marsabit, Moyale, Isiolo and Meru Districts.
Peter Howard, FH Director of Emergency Response said, "The Kenyan government, Food for the Hungry and many other organizations are making every effort possible to mitigate the type of violence and destruction that occurred in 2007. Peaceful elections not only save lives, they strengthen Kenya to build a hopeful future and shine as an example worldwide."
FH through Integral Alliance hosted a peace rally in Dandora, which is considered one of Nairobi's most volatile areas in 2007. The event included a vehicle broadcasting popular tunes, which was led by a giant mascot, dancers and entertainers. During the event, residents were encouraged to sign a large canvas hung on the side of a minibus that read, "Sign Here for Peace." A discussion on diversity took place, emphasizing that violence is not a solution.
A former resident accompanied the procession, narrating his personal experiences during the 2007 post-election violence. He said, "Here is where I hid when trying to escape." Pointing in another direction, he said, "That is where I waited for my family." He also showed a spot where he witnessed a murder.
Please pray with Food for the Hungry for Kenya to have a peaceful post-elections. Please join our work by supporting our efforts to encourage non-violent communications in communities.