First Person: From a life of violence to a culture of peace

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A young bid campaigner from Cameroon who turned his backmost connected the unit prevalent successful his hometown and became a younker civilian nine activist, has been telling the United Nations astir however helium is helping different young radical to cull conflict, and instrumentality a greater relation successful gathering bid successful the country.

Christian Achaleke spoke to the UN up of International Youth Day, which is marked annually connected August 12th.

“My determination to go a bid activistic was influenced by my idiosyncratic experience. I grew up successful a assemblage plagued by violence: it was a mode of life. At immoderate point, I came to recognize that unit leads america nowhere. I mislaid immoderate friends and acquaintances, and others were thrown into jail.

I began volunteering successful 2007, and this gave maine a caller position built astir bid and helping to amended communities. It has been an inspiring, life-changing experience.

As a young idiosyncratic progressive successful peacebuilding and countering convulsive extremism, I find myself speaking to my peers. When I spell to prisons to talk to different young people, I tin amusement them that determination are amended ways to respond to the challenges they look than unit and make solutions to the drivers of conflicts.

Christian Achaleke addresses a assemblage  successful  the conflict-affected southwestern Cameroon asking them to unite to combat  their communal  enemy, COVID-19.

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Christian Achaleke addresses a assemblage successful the conflict-affected southwestern Cameroon asking them to unite to combat their communal enemy, COVID-19.

Underestimated youth

However, I would accidental that our relation has been underestimated. Sometimes I consciousness that communities, leaders and institutions crook a unsighted oculus to what we are doing, adjacent though we are the ones who endure the astir successful times of conflict. 

In Cameroon, we person tried to supply young radical with the accidental to prosecute successful section assemblage peacebuilding and bid process initiatives, giving them guidance, mentorship and support. 

We are telling the government, the UN and different organizations that it is simply a good strategy to impact youth, to springiness them the skills to instrumentality portion successful mediation and supply a harmless abstraction successful which they tin beryllium a portion of the process.

Culture, diverseness and practice are precise important to maine arsenic a Cameroonian. They should service arsenic a unifying origin but, due to the fact that we did not decently harness them, we are facing a convulsive conflict. 

That is wherefore managing culture, heritage, diverseness and our diaspora assemblage is precise important for peace, and it is thing that we person been trying to signifier for a agelong time.

Many young radical   successful  Cameroon person  been driven from their homes by struggle  and are surviving  successful  camps for displaced people.)

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Many young radical successful Cameroon person been driven from their homes by struggle and are surviving successful camps for displaced people.)

Values to forestall conflict

 To me, a civilization of bid is simply a acceptable of values, lifestyle, morals, and morals which are developed arsenic a mode to forestall struggle oregon unit and besides to prosecute radical towards peaceful and ethical living. 

To make a civilization of bid successful Africa, young radical and women request to beryllium engaged, and astatine the forefront of the process. It is besides important to supply opportunities for radical and communities to beryllium capable to stock experiences and ideas.

Little is being spoken astir young radical changing the look of the African continent but that does not mean that we are not doing bully work. I americium calling connected heads of States, argumentation makers, communities and each idiosyncratic of bully will, to basal and enactment young boys and girls, and guarantee that they tin pb the transformations of their countries, and physique the African continent”.

Morals and morals  tin  assistance   to usher  a civilization  of bid    according to Christian Achaleke

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Morals and morals tin assistance to usher a civilization of bid according to Christian Achaleke

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