By Mary Keoch
Shalom continues with conducting workshop-trainings to various communities that need its help. In January, Shalom Center staff met with two new groups from the Kibera slum in Nairobi.
Shalom decided to introduce the very central area of any peace-building mission-understanding the underlying causes of conflict. Many of the participants are quick to mention the realities on the ground that cause conflict like unemployment and poverty. The Shalom team took them through sessions where they could place their various grievances within three underlying causes of conflict.
This way, members of the community could clearly identify the right aspect to address in order to achieve long term peace. From this the participants agreed to take the initiative conduct critical exercises in their communities that would allow them to find out causes of conflict in their community and correctly categorize them in order to have a clear vision in the quest for positive peace in Kibera.