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#TuVozCuenta con U-Report México

¿Se imaginan qué increíble sería si pudiéramos preguntarle a los jóvenes sobre sus intereses, opiniones y necesidades en los lugares donde viven, y que pudiéramos obtener y analizar esa información en tiempo real? Imagínense que estuviéramos diseñando un programa que ayudara a los jóvenes a conseguir empleo después de sus estudios. Bueno, pues para ello, no sólo requeriríamos información estadística y diagnósticos de la situación de la educación y el mercado laboral; sino que también necesitaríamos conversar con muchos jóvenes para entender sus aspiraciones e ideales, temores y angustias, entender los retos a los que se enfrentan y la presión que muchas veces sentimos. De esta forma, podríamos lograr empatía con sus experiencias, pensamientos y emociones; y así diseñar un programa que los entienda y apoye de la mejor forma posible.

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Este proceso de consulta llevaría muchísimo tiempo, por lo que en muchas ocasiones, los programas se diseñan tomando sólo en cuenta la información de diagnósticos y estudios hechos por especialistas. Lamentablemente, por falta de tiempo, muy pocas veces se les pregunta a los jóvenes qué es lo que quieren, cómo lo quieren y por qué lo quieren así.

El pasado jueves 13 de agosto, como parte de las celebraciones del Día Internacional de la Juventud, compartimos con cientos de jóvenes la buena noticia de que U-Report había llegado a México. Con U-Report los jóvenes de más de 17 países en el mundo están utilizando la misma tecnología que usan para comunicarse entre amigos para participar con sus ideas y opiniones en el desarrollo de sus comunidades y de sus países.

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U-Report permite a UNICEF, y a sus aliados en México, consultar en tiempo real a los jóvenes sobre lo que sucede en sus comunidades, los servicios que reciben, los temas públicos que son de su interés, sus necesidades y expectativas. Esta valiosa información se recibe, analiza y procesa en segundos, para generar un reporte que es entregado a las personas que están tomando las decisiones públicas que tienen efecto en la vida de todos los jóvenes mexicanos. De esta forma, U-Report ayuda a tomar decisiones más informadas, a diseñar servicios y programas públicos que tomen en cuenta la visión, opiniones e intereses de los jóvenes.

Ese jueves, el auditorio se llenó del entusiasmo de cientos de personas que participaron con novedosas ideas para enfrentar los retos en educación, salud, bienestar económico y convivencia social que viven los jóvenes en México. A partir de ese momento, cientos de jóvenes se hicieron U-Reporters y serán embajadores de este movimiento por el cual nuestra voz adquiere el súper poder de unirse a millones más para que sea escuchada fuerte y clara donde quiera que sea.

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Jaime Archundia es Responsable de Innovación de UNICEF México

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A group of young people attend a computer workshop at a Youth Centre in Kasala. Sudan.

Why we need more research on children’s use of the Internet

A group of young people attend a computer workshop at a Youth Centre in Kasala. Sudan.

A group of young people attend a computer workshop at a Youth Centre in Kasala. Sudan. © UNICEF/SUDA2014-XX488/Noorani

It is becoming difficult to imagine a day in a teenagers’ life – in all parts of the globe – without internet access: to socialize with peers, seek information, watch videos, post photos and news updates or play games. As the internet rapidly penetrates all regions, children’s experiences worldwide are increasingly informed by their use of information and communication technologies (ICTs).

The ITU estimates that by the end of 2015, 3.2 billion people will be using the internet, 2 billion of which will be in developing countries. This exponential growth is largely attributable to the rapid spread of mobile broadband technology with 3G mobile coverage reaching close to 70% of the total world population.

What implications does this have for children worldwide, particularly in the regions and countries where UNICEF works? We may see more and more children in lower income countries going online and more children accessing the internet through ‘mobile first’. We may see a digital divide growing not only between those who have access to the internet and those who do not, but also between generations: parents/grandparents/caregivers and children. We may see children’s educational experiences being hugely enhanced by access to the internet, but we may also see more children at risk of negative experiences (abuse, bullying, exploitation) because they lack guidance, support and mediation from their parents and educators who have not caught up yet with the fast pace of internet development.

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With this kind of advance in technology comes growing concern by child rights organizations, regulators, the private sector and other stakeholders that children’s rights need to be realised online as well as offline. The conditions that influence children’s access and behaviour online need to be recognised when internet technologies, services and policies are developed.

However, we are not yet in a position to say what implications the internet will have on children’s lives globally. There is little robust evidence coming from lower income countries that examines the whole spectrum of child rights in the digital age. Where research exists, there are major challenges related to comparability of different national data sets, capturing the speed of technological change, varying cultural and contextual realities that influence how children behave online.

In order to address this urgent need for evidence the UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti in collaboration with the London School of Economics and EU Kids Online has supported the establishment of a global research consortium that involves key actors and universities from the Global North and the South. The first meeting of this research consortium took place in February 2015 when the group discussed:

  • What research should be conducted to understand how children’s rights are being enhanced or undermined in the digital age, especially on a global basis?
  • What data gathering and analytical tools do researchers need, and how can these best be designed and shared among different countries?
  • What standards for rigorous methods of cross-national comparison need to be in place?
  • What have we learned about how to compare findings across countries so as to share best practice, generalize knowledge where possible and anticipate future issues?

Experts attending this symposium agreed that a research toolkit to facilitate global research on child rights and the internet is urgently needed. It should also be robust yet flexible enough to take account of variations in national contexts and children’s diverse living experiences.

Moving ahead…

As a result, a new research partnership was formed. UNICEF Innocenti, four UNICEF Country Offices: Argentina, the Philippines, South Africa and Serbia, the London School of Economics and EU Kids Online agreed to collaboratively design a research toolkit to guide the research efforts worldwide. It will consist of a modular survey, qualitative research protocols and a survey administration toolkit that would include methodological guides and expert reports.

The results of this initiative will be shared globally through an open access web portal hosting the research toolkit, national reports, a synthesis report and other resources. We invite you to visit these special UNICEF and LSE web spaces which will help you take part in this important global research partnership. We hope that this work will inspire researchers and practitioners to generate more knowledge that will support the global policy efforts on child rights in the digital age.

Jasmina Byrne is a lead researcher on children’s rights in the digital age in UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti, Florence, Italy.

Andrew and Emma are two Ebola survivors volunteering in Kambia to educate and sensitize communities (c)UNICEF SL/2015/Laulajainen

Meet two Ebola survivors fighting the disease in Sierra Leone

Andrew and Emma are two Ebola survivors volunteering in Kambia to educate and sensitize communities (c)UNICEF SL/2015/Laulajainen

Andrew and Emma are two Ebola survivors volunteering in Kambia to educate and sensitize communities. (c)UNICEF SL/2015/Laulajainen

Sierra Leone has come a long way since the peak of Ebola cases, and so have Emma (23) and Andrew (26) in Kambia district. Epidemiologically and mentally they are survivors – determined to restart their lives so violently disrupted at the height of the Ebola outbreak in late 2014. Back then the country recorded hundreds of new cases a week.

I can see the determination in both their eyes when I ask them what the future will hold for them once Ebola is over. Emma’s dream is to study physiology at the University of Makeni. Andrew wants to start studying banking and finance in Freetown. Somehow I have this feeling that they will succeed and reach their dreams. Against all odds, they have already beaten one of the deadliest viruses in the world – what greater challenge will they face?

Emma and Andrew don’t see themselves as passive victims. For the past four months now, they have been volunteering in the fight against Ebola in Kambia, one of the three hotspot districts left in Sierra Leone. They are part of the community engagement and social mobilization teams which visit communities daily to sensitize people about Ebola and remind them to remain vigilant until the outbreak is permanently beaten.

Their motivation and commitment to help in any way they can is remarkable. “I am proud to work for my country even if I don’t get paid,” says Andrew, who lost all his eight brothers, his sister, and his mother in the outbreak.

“First people were afraid of me,” says Andrew, “as I told them that I had had Ebola but survived it. People stayed at a distance from me and did not want to talk to me. Some even ran away as they thought that I would infect them. Now, having done community engagement work for a couple of months, villagers have gradually understood that Ebola survivors cannot spread Ebola. In fact, they are no longer vulnerable to the disease.”

Emma says she owes her life to her mother. Back in October 2014, Emma was traveling home to Kambia from Freetown and she was feeling very sick. She arrived at her home with high fever, vomiting and suffering from severe diarrhoea. As soon as her mother saw her, she asked her not to come in for fear of getting everyone else in the family sick. Emma’s mother quickly called 117, the Ebola hotline. “I am happy she did [stopped me coming into the house] as I would have infected my entire family,” says Emma. The ambulance arrived and took Emma to the nearest Ebola Treatment Unit. If it had not been for her mother, Emma would have been yet another victim, amongst the thousands, of this terrible disease in Sierra Leone.

Andrew is now the Chairman of the Kambia Branch of the Sierra Leone Association of Ebola Survivors. As I listen to his story I truly feel the devastation and tragedy Ebola has brought to so many families and communities in Sierra Leone. Andrew was lucky but only because he sought treatment early on. Most of his family members were not.

I say goodbye to Emma and Andrew, and head to the evening briefing at the Kambia Ebola Command Centre. As I hear the good news of the day; no new cases in Kambia today, I am wondering how much of this success is thanks to Emma’s and Andrew’s tireless volunteer work in their own communities. My guess is that they are a big part of this story.

Tommi Laulajainen is a Communications for Development advisor with UNICEF Sierra Leone

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Por los sueños de mi hija

Desde muy temprano en la mañana, Selena, de diez años, y sus dos hermanas pequeñas comienzan a hacerse cargo de las tareas de la casa. Junto con algunas amigas del vecindario se dirigen después a la escuela, y en la tarde ayudan a cultivar maíz en el pequeño terreno que su familia tiene en su comunidad Tzotzil de Chiapas. Su mamá también trabaja muy duro en el campo, pero lo que obtienen del cultivo de la tierra no es suficiente porque no cuentan con las herramientas adecuadas y el terreno ya no es tan fértil como antes. Ante esta situación, el papá de Selena tendrá que alejarse de su familia para conseguir sustento.

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El papá de Selena hace planes para salir a buscar empleo que no encuentran en su comunidad, por ahora se está recuperando de una lesión y no puede trabajar como albañil, con lo que mantenía a su familia. “Aunque para mí es muy duro dejar a mi mujer y a mis hijas,” afirma inquieto, “pienso volver a salir en cuanto me recupere de la espalda, porque es la única forma que tengo de atender a mi familia y de mandar a la escuela a mis tres pequeñas”.

El papá de Selena sabe lo mucho que le gusta la escuela a su hija y recuerda que su gran sueño es ser doctora y ayudar a su comunidad.  Lo que más le preocupa es que su hija tendrá que tomar el autobús o vivir fuera para estudiar la secundaria.  Él preferiría no irse lejos de su familia, pero no hay otra opción, porque eso es lo que hace un papá para apoyar los sueños de su hija.

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UNICEF apoya comunidades indígenas para que todos los niños y las niñas tengan educación de calidad y el día de mañana contribuyan al desarrollo de sus comunidades. Así muchos niños pueden seguir estudiando y estar cerca de sus familias, porque con tu apoyo ayudamos a cumplir sus sueños.

 

Amaia López, cooperante de UNICEF México

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Yo no me tapo cuando doy pecho en público

Éstas son las razones por las que no estoy de acuerdo con esconderme para amamantar a mi bebé

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Meses atrás, me encontraba comiendo en un restaurante y mi hija quiso tomar pecho, de forma natural se acomodó y justo cuando iba a empezar la toma, se acerca un mesero con una cobija desdoblada y me la ofrece para taparme mientras amamanto. Cordialmente la rechacé porque no la necesitaba y a pesar de la insistencia, seguí firme en mi postura.

Muchas personas me preguntan por qué no me tapo cuando doy el pecho en público, he escuchado desde comentarios curiosos hasta los que me tachan de exhibicionista, pero sigo sin cargar o aceptar una manta para cubrirme mientras amamanto. ¿Quieres saber por qué no lo hago? Estas son mis razones:

  • Amamantar es algo natural

Dar pecho a los bebés ha sido la forma natural de alimentarlos por miles de años, su instinto de comer en cualquier lugar a cualquier hora es algo que viene por naturaleza. La única que debería poner atención a mis pechos en ese momento es mi hija.

  • A mi bebé no le gusta comer cubierta

Y no la culpo, porque ¿A quién le gusta comer debajo de una manta?, si intento cubrirme ella saca sus manos o con sus pies lucha hasta que quita cualquier cosa que la esté tapando. La lucha es inútil.

  • Uso ropa que cubre

Desde que tuve a mi bebé, trato de usar blusas un poco sueltas o traer un suéter que pueda ayudarme a cubrir mis pechos mientras mi bebé come. Se nota que estoy amamantando pero nadie puede ver realmente nada.

  • No soy exhibicionista

Yo no quiero que nadie vea mis pechos, por eso tomo mis precauciones, simplemente quiero amamantar a mi bebé de forma cómoda para ambas.

Sé que muchos no estarán de acuerdo conmigo y respeto su postura, de igual manera que solicito respeto hacia la mía. Ahora cuéntame, ¿Te tapas cuando amamantas en público? ¿SI o NO?

 

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In Tanzania, children are standing up for child rights

“Today I am very happy because I was elected to be the Chair of the Steering Committee for the Junior Council of the United Republic of Tanzania. I have many plans for the Junior Council and I believe that, together, we will be able to achieve big results for children in Tanzania,” says Ame (16) with much enthusiasm.

Last month I travelled to Dodoma, Tanzania’s capital city, to participate in the Annual General Meeting of Tanzania’s Children’s Parliament – the Junior Council of the United Republic of Tanzania (JCURT also known as Baraza la Watoto). During the meeting, the Baraza held its general elections to elect ten members for its Steering Committee. Thirty-five members of the Baraza – representing children from Tanzania mainland and Zanzibar – exercised their right to vote as they elected their new leaders.

This is where I met Ame who had travelled from Zanzibar with one mission: to campaign and win the seat of Chair of the Steering Committee.

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“I decided to run for the position of Chair because I really want to promote child rights in Tanzania. Many children in Tanzania do not understand their rights and responsibilities in general – and I believe that in my position as Chair I can help to change that” – Ame. (c)UNICEF Tanzania/2015/Jacqueline Namfua

Involving children, developing a nation
Child participation is fundamental in the development of a nation and in building the confidence of children. The Baraza provides opportunities for children to participate in meetings with decision-makers so that children can express their concerns, challenges and share ideas from the family to the national level.

Members of the Baraza work closely together with the Government, NGOs and development partners such as UNICEF, to address the issues raised by children and to find solutions. This also helps to build the capacity of children to speak out about what is affecting them and their communities as a whole.

The Baraza does a great job in promoting child participation in Tanzania by bringing together children from all districts and regions to discuss progress and challenges on promoting and fulfilling child rights in their areas. Recently, the members of the Baraza were consulted on the new Constitution process and their recommendations have been included in the new draft Constitution.

The birth of the Baraza
Witnessing firsthand such a democratic election process among children in Dodoma was an enlightening experience for me. And in fact the Baraza was born as a result of yet another democratic process – the mass mobilization of children that took place during the run-up to the 2002 UN Special Session on Children. Thousands of children across the country contributed ideas and helped to set priorities that were articulated in Tanzania’s presentation to the UN General Assembly.

The experience was very positive, but a major concern of many children was the absence of any formal structure through which their genuine participation could be sustained after the Special Session. The suggestion to create a permanent structure was supported by the Ministry of Community Development, Gender and Children (MCDGC, which currently coordinates the JCURT) and many other organizations – and in 2002 the Baraza was born.

“Before I used to see children suffering, but I didn’t know where to go and report the issues. Since I have become a member of the Baraza I have learnt a lot and it has enabled me to help many children in Dar es Salaam which is where I am from. I have also been able to educate parents and children about child rights – and consequently I have seen many parents changing their ways in my community.” says Caroline. She was elected Vice Chair for the Baraza’s Steering Committee.

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“This year we have general elections in Tanzania. I want to see elected leaders that are true champions of child rights. As a Steering Committee we need to educate all children to ensure that they too educate their parents on voting for the right leaders” – Caroline. (c)UNICEF Tanzania/2015/Jacqueline Namfua

Building on success, addressing the challenges

Despite successes, there are still challenges facing the Baraza. While some local Governments, District Councils and NGOs have supported the establishment of Children’s Councils, overall national coverage is sparse and the quality of genuine participation, consultation and representation is extremely variable.

Currently, only about 35 per cent of districts have Children’s Councils. There is clearly a need to strengthen Baraza structures at all levels and there is room to improve the quality of child participation in development processes. The Government of Tanzania has a key role in making this a reality.

The Baraza believes and calls for no child to be left out of development – and that the best way forward for this nation is to invest in children. If Tanzania can fully respect the participation rights of children then I am confident we will see fewer child rights violations. We should never underestimate our children, rather we should help to pave the way for them to realize their rights and dreams.

 

Jacqueline Namfua is a Communication Specialist at UNICEF Tanzania.

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Ay “papacito” estás bien rico

¿Cómo se ve el acoso desde otro punto de vista? Un hombre va pasando y las mujeres lo miran y le dicen “piropos” incómodos. En tan sólo un minuto, la estudiante Raisa Pimentel presenta una cara diferente sobre este tema en la Ciudad de México. Este video fue realizado en el marco del taller de cineminutos Oneminutesjr con la colaboración de UNICEFMéxico:

¿Qué les pareció esta mirada poco frecuente sobre el acoso? Y aunque este fenómeno no respeta género ni sexo, es importante que también recordemos algunas cifras referentes a las niñas y mujeres: en el mundo, por ejemplo, casi una cuarta parte de las niñas entre los 15 y 19 años (aproximadamente 70 millones) ha reportado haber sido víctima de violencia física. Además, casi 1 de cada 10 niñas menores de 20 años ha sufrido agresiones sexuales, y 1 de cada 3 adolescentes casada al menos una vez (84 millones) ha sido víctima de violencia emocional, física o sexual por parte de sus esposos o parejas. Sin embargo, casi 7 de cada 10 niñas que han sido víctimas de violencia física y/o abuso sexual entre los 15 y 19 años de edad nunca buscaron ayuda: muchas de ellas mencionaron que no lo percibieron como un abuso o como un problema.

UNICEF señala acciones específicas para prevenir la violencia contra las niñas: mantenerlas en la escuela; proporcionarles habilidades necesarias para la vida; apoyar a los padres, incluso con transferencias de efectivo para mitigar los riesgos; el cambio de actitudes y normas a través de conversaciones con la comunidad; y el fortalecimiento de los sistemas y los servicios judiciales, penales y sociales.

Los invitamos a ver más cineminutos creados por 16 jóvenes en el taller Oneminutesjr más reciente.

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Viajando por Jalisco con UNICEF

Fui comisionado recientemente por UNICEF México para fotografiar todo el estado mexicano de Jalisco, para un informe que documenta las vidas de las niñas y los niños en la región. Visitamos distintos sitios rurales y urbanos, aunque el más memorable fue el viaje al norte del estado para visitar el pueblo Wixárika en la aldea montañosa de Santa Catarina.

También conocidos como Huicholes, los Wixárikas son un grupo indígena con una vida espiritual rica y una mitología cosmológica que incorpora el uso del peyote, largas peregrinaciones y rituales antiguos. Los niños son vibrantes, alegres, curiosos y llenos de vida … como niños que son. Para mí, se sentía como un lugar maravilloso para ser joven y crecer.

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UNICEF field trip in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, October 18, 2014.

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Travels in Jalisco with UNICEF

I was recently commissioned by UNICEF to photograph throughout the Mexican state of Jalisco for a report documenting the lives of children in the region. We visited a number of rural and urban sites, though most memorable was the journey to the far north to visit the Wixárika people in the mountainous village of Santa Catarina.

Also known as the Huichol, the Wixárika are an indigenous group with a rich spiritual life and mythological cosmology incorporating the use of peyote, long peregrinations, and ancient rituals. The children are vibrant, joyous, curious and full of life…as children are. To me, it felt like a wonderful place to be young and grow.

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UNICEF field trip in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, October 18, 2014.

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South Sudan: planting the seeds of peace

When the conflict broke out on 15 December last year in South Sudan, shattering two-and-a-half hopeful years of independence for the world’s newest nation, tens of thousands of people fled to the ‘Protection of Civilian’ (POC) site at ‘UN HOUSE’ in Juba. Most were from the Nuer tribe. Overnight, the Nuer people became displaced in their own country, desperate for security. In chaotic and violent scenes, children were killed, and many separated from loved ones.

INTERSOS, the NGO that implements UNICEF’s Peacebuilding, Education and Advocacy (PBEA) programme Learning for Peace in the camp, also run a family reunification programme. As well as supporting children, they work with youth who are often isolated, having come to Juba from rural areas for secondary school, staying with relatives or attending boarding school. Now they find themselves separated indefinitely. Life as it was has been interrupted until further notice.

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We attend a small youth meeting in Hangar 5, normally a hangar for UN planes. There we meet Lang, the 28-year-old youth coordinator of the IDP Youth Forum, and Raymond, an 18-year-old student who is one of those youth living on his own. He’s wearing what looks like a brand new shirt with smart trousers, a black belt and black leather dress shoes. Later when we see where he lives, sharing a small tent with another youth, I ask him if his clothes are new. He laughs. “No, I’m just pretty meticulous about washing and ironing.” Washing is done with part of the morning’s water ration, and ironing is done with a coal iron, on his bed, with borrowed coals from the ladies group next door who sit beading all day long.

Raymond is an aspiring lawyer and a peace activist. He says that although he was aware of some tribalism at play before the conflict broke up, he was shocked by the speed and severity of the slide into violence. Raymond says he has no desire to join some other youth who have drifted out, through anger or boredom. Instead, he works hard to build peace.

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“Reconciliation” is the buzzword among Raymond and his fellow youth leaders. They feel powerful through their talk of peace.

“We discuss reconciliation for both inside the camp and outside of camp life, the bigger picture, but also arguments amongst the youth, youth unity, the future, other peacebuilding concepts.” He and Lang tell us that for the monthly youth meetings around 5,000 squeeze into and outside of Hangar 5.

We meet Sara from Street Children Aid, who’s been deployed to work at one of UNICEF’s Child Friendly Spaces, supporting severely traumatized children. “When they first came in they started drawing pictures of men with guns, shooting,” Sara tells us. “But we encourage them not to draw that, to draw churches and houses instead.” Sara also talks about how they used to fight each other at first, but says they are much calmer now. They play games, learn math and English. Kids outside play football and jump rope. They laugh, squeal and do handstands against the tent. Children somehow find a way to play in all circumstances.

While some of the adults feel “trapped”, many are managing to return to a semblance of village life. They collect water every morning to wash their clothes, they run businesses – restaurants and tea shops, complete with hookahs and apple tobacco – grocery stores, airtime booths, photocopy services etc.

Raymond has other plans. He wants to study law at university, take his peace campaign to the next level, and see his family again. And on the weekends, he just wants to chill out with his friends.

The text accompanying the video originally appeared on the Learning for Peace site.