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Peacemaking Can Be Tangible
Dorcas Nyambura, HROC facilitator, Kenya

The area of Kenya described in this story is populated by different tribes. The Kalenjin and Masai both consider this area their homeland and feel that the Kikuyu who have moved there are “foreigners.” During the 2008 post election violence, the Kikuyu were driven out of the plots, their animals killed, and their houses burned. After a HROC basic workshop, all the participants decided to rebuild the homes of three Kikuyu particiapnts which had been destroyed in the violence. Note that this is only about a year after the end of the post election violence.

This mini work camp was decided upon during the HROC basic workshop that was held in the area on 10-12 August 2009. On the first day of the workshop, most of the participants from the Kalenjin community gave their expectation was to have all their neighbors who had run away during the post elections violence return home. They stated they were ready to welcome them back. On the last day after Mr. Francis, a Masai man, stood up and said that they are ready to welcome all who had fled the area. He was very remorseful and he reminiscencd about the good neighbors they had been and how they lived in peace with one another. He also said that the area had never had any tribal conflict even when other areas in the country experienced the same during earlier elections. He appealed to members of his community not to ever do what they did again. Then Mrs. Lucy Njambi, a Kikuyu, who fled from the area to the Internally Displaced Persons camp, stood up and said, “I am willing to come back, but I have no-where to come back to. My house was burnt and all my property stolen.” There was a heated debate and then people began to pledge what materials they could give in the shortest possible time. They were able to get iron sheets, posts, and nails to build three small mud and wattle houses. August 22nd was the date set for when they will all come together and help to rebuild Njambi’s house and two others.