Mombasa Youth Dialogue
Youth dialogues is a component under the project: Conflict Prevention Peace and Economic Opportu- nities for Youth in Kenya that provides a platform for young people to be heard. One such activity was held in Mombasa on the 9th of May 2018 to bring peace among youth in Old town Mombasa and Majengo. The dialogues equally focused on discussing ways in which youth can be supported to keep off violence and crime. The youth from Mawayo Ropa and Temeke from Ma- jengo and Old town attended the dialogue session and agreed to put an end to the violence and preach peace. The Dialogue was characterised by youth openly air- ing out the push and pull factor, suggesting ways they would like to be supported.
“As Young people we get angry, loose hope and end up expressing our grievances through violence. From time to time various individuals, leaders and organisation promise to support us. They collect information from us and at the end of the day no support comes, they use us to develop proposals and spend that money to enrich themselves. This is why we are angry.” Abbas a beneficiary from Old Town Mombasa said. “At least the
Red Cross is restoring our hope, they have been sup- porting us very much,” he added.
The dialogue session was attended by the County Commissioner, Mombasa Evans Achoki, Mvita Mem- ber of Parliament Abdulswamad Shariff Nassir, Deputy Secretary General, Kenya Red Cross Society Ayaz Man- ji and community members from the affected areas, among others.
During his address, the Mombasa County Commission- er, Evans Achoki expressed his joy in seeing the youth take bold steps to end violence and crime. Mr. Achoki called upon other youth in Mombasa to emulate the two groups. He however cautioned them against fur- ther involvement in crime adding that the law will take its full course.
The dialogue was organized following social media footage that circulated showing youth from Old Town carrying crude weapons and threatening to carry out a retaliatory attacks against Youth in Majengo who pur- portedly attacked one of the youth from Old town.
“My son was attacked with machetes and beaten to pulp. It hurts me as a parent to see young people with so much energy and a great future ahead waste their lives in crime and drugs,” said a Parent at the gathering. “My son was unable to attend this gathering but asked that I represent him here. He is ready to forgive those who attacked him and so am I,” she added.
Conflict Prevention, Peace and Economic Opportuni- ties for Youth in Kenya is a project funded by the Eu- ropean Union (EU) under the Emergency Trust Fund (EUTF) and implemented by the Kenya Red Cross So- ciety (KRCS). The project is aimed at advocating for youth inclusion and empowerment through training and provision of livelihood skills.
Mvita Member of Parliament donated a total of KES 600,000 to the Kenya Red Cross Society -through Ab- duswamad Foundation to support livelihood ventures for youth under this project.