WYA Africa headquarters are located in Nairobi, Kenya. Recent riots broke out in Kenya after the disputed December 27th elections and reminded WYA staff and members how important understanding the dignity of the person is in all aspects of our lives. Conflict arose from allegations of corruption, electoral fraud, and tribal conflict, while the poorest citizens suffered the most from the impact of the turmoil.
WYA Africa works to train young Africans in the importance of the dignity of the person as related to good governance, democracy and human rights, emphasizing that improvements can only come from changes in each young person. The recent events served as a powerful reminder of the tragedies that occur when leaders ignore the dignity of the person.
WYA staff were temporarily unable to reach our office but are now able to travel in Nairobi. Tension is still high and other areas continue to be unstable, particularly Eldoret, Kisumu, Kakemenga, Kericho and the Burt Forest. According to Reuters news, nearly 500 people have died and 225,000 more have been displaced from their homes.
Kenya is East Africa’s most prosperous democracy. Instability there has limited the distribution of humanitarian supplies to other countries in the region.
As young people committed to promoting the dignity of the person and building free and just societies, WYA stands in solidarity with those suffering from the violence in Kenya.