AYINET Uganda with support from USAID-SAFE organized a 3 days symposium aimed at nurturing the youth to embrace peaceful alternatives to Violence, mitigating conflict and also understanding the role of youth in Transitional Justice, with focus on youth empowerment to build cultures of peace, tolerance and human rights in Northern Uganda, as well as lowering the frequency of youth involvement in criminal activities.
Youths in Gulu joined together during the symposium that brought together 30 female and male participants in Gulu. The event created a forum for the youth to interact, share experience and also put forward possible solutions to constructing a peaceful environment within their communities.
The participants took the opportunity to share experiences, challenges and encourage one another regarding positive living, domestic violence, social and psychological support. They also learn skills and ways of extending the counseling and support to their other peers.
These skills revolve around Peace and peace building, Conflict mitigation, Psychosocial support and Counseling, Transformative development and culture
“Yes it’s true we can be better people, change agents and peace builders within our communities because peace starts with us.”Can Ogura David Smart, Lalogi Subcounty Gulu District.
“Think of good things and always keep the words of your testimony. Meaning, be positive that one day there will be total peace”Lawino Kevin, a youth mobilizer and secretary for youth livelihood program Awach Subcounty.
“Kwo tye iyi jami malit kede ma tek ento gene kede tek cwiny roco kwo” meaning in life there is pain and struggle but Hope and courage keeps us going. When we think positively, be exemplary and put in practice what we preach we can cause change, that’s why on my own I can do nothing but with others, I am stronger, Lalwedo Evelyne(Treasurer Ribe aye teko Youth Group, Paicho subcounty.)