Reclaiming their voices: engaging youth for peace in Kenya

Violence around the time of elections is common in Kenya. Ethnic divisions flare up as politicians exploit rivalries for increased votes and influence. This often results in destruction and death, largely affecting young people who are labelled as perpetrators, not victims.

In the 2017 elections, Kenya’s young people (defined in the constitution as individuals aged 18 – 35) continued to take steps to reclaim their voices. With the support of Saferworld, in partnership with Life & Peace Institute and Humanity & Inclusion, 54 youth leaders were trained on how to channel peace messaging in their work to influence other young people and their communities. In our short film below we hear from these leaders working to change their community through music and theatre.