Young men ages 14 to 26 took part in an electrical installation training in Israac Village.
Young men and women coming of age now in Somalia have never known a time without civil war. Alissa Wilson looks at how some are ending the cycle of violence—and what the U.S. can do to support, instead of hinder, their efforts.
The prevention of violent conflict is one of the principal charter objectives of the UN, yet the prevention discussion remains fragmented and lacking in focus. QUNO continues to raise awareness about local peacemaking initiatives in Myanmar and encourages a balanced approach to the region. The work with China and with other ‘rising power’ Member States continues to make significant progress. QUNO has been an active participant in policy discussions about the future direction of work on the prevention of violent conflict at the UN.
A delegation from the Life & Peace Institute, Nairobi, and the Kroc Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame traveled to Washington, DC, and New York in March to present a recent joint publication, Somalia: Creating Space for Fresh Approaches to Peacebuilding. QUNO was delighted to host their visit in New York. Over the course of two days, Quaker House provided a welcoming venue for our visitors to share their publication with UN colleagues and offer fresh perspectives and alternative approaches to conflict resolution in Somalia.
Maintaining peace is among the main roles played by traditional elders in many African societies. Their influence goes a long way in resolving disputes between family members, within and among communities, and occasionally across state lines.
But as the nature of conflict changes, their ability to lead effectively is threatened.
When a job offer brought Maimuna Farah Samatar back to her birthplace, the Galkacyo Mudug Region in Somalia’s Puntland State, she saw an additional opportunity to serve those who were most affected by the local conflicts—the women and children.
When young people’s energies and creativities are directed toward positive and constructive activities in their communities, they become active contributors to a realization of a just and peaceful Somalia. AFSC emphasizes the role of young people, but does not preclude the engagement of elders and others. Rather, young people will be the guiding flag around which the changes for peace and change will unfold for the respective communities and relevant stakeholders.
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