Kenya

Chagua Amani Peace Campaign Launched

The Kenya Red Cross Society is working to raise awareness through the Amani Campaign 2012-2013. Through the campaign the Society is asking all Kenyans to take a position for peace as we all remember the terrible events of 2008 that followed the elections.

In the past months, we have witnessed thousands of people living in the Tana Delta being displaced having lost everything and unfortunately the situation in the country seems to be escalating with events noted in Mandera, Turkana, East Pokot, Mt. Elgon, Mombasa and Baringo. Just this year alone, more than 300 people have lost their lives in clashes and thousands displaced, the largest being 114 killed in the Tana Delta and more than 30,000 either affected directly or indirectly.

The Amani Campaign is targeting to register up to 10 million names in support of peaceful elections in 2013. The primary aim is to raise national awareness of the importance of the Amani Campaign. Secondly, we will use any financial support to build up our disaster fund. This fund has continuously allowed us to stock emergency nonfood items for our work to alleviate human suffering for our fellow Kenyans in areas where peace is absent or otherwise affected by disasters.

It is with this background that the Kenya Red Cross hosted artists and Corporates for a luncheon at The Boma Hotel. The artists were invited because they are seen as role models to the youth and the Kenya Red Cross believes that their involvement in the campaign can make a difference. Some of the artists who graced the occasion included Avril, DNG, Colonel Mustapha, Achieng Abura, G-Kon and Rocky, one of the top musicians from Ghana who was very impressed and touched by the initiative. Apart from the artists, there were also Disc Jockeys who are household names such as Crème de la Crème, DJ Joe Mfalme, DJ Hypnotic and DJ Mister Dru amongst others.

The corporate were also not left out with representatives’ from Airtel and The Music Copyright Society in attendance. Masalah, an artist from the Mau Mau Revolution challenged her follow artists to choose peace as compared to doing songs that may pit communities or individuals against each other as the March 4th 2013 General Elections draws closer. The KRCS Goodwill Ambassador Ginadin Kariuki thanked the artists and celebrities for taking time out of their busy schedules and come together and launch the peace initiative. As a sign of their commitment, the celebrities signed a Peace accord as unity.