Monday, April 1, 2013

Kibera plays volley ball to relieve tension

Life returns to normal in Kibera with most businesses opened and people walking on the streets. This is good news to the residents of kibera as well as kenya. There was a lot of tension when the verdict on the election petition was announced. Many expected that supporters of Raila Odinga and Uhuru Kenyatta would fight and destroy each others properties. However, we have experienced relative peace. 

In addition to individuals and groups coming out to urge kibera residents to maintain peace, sports has been used to relieve the tension that came along with waiting for the verdict and coping with the defeat of ones candidate. 

Amos Onyango one of our peace ambassadors came across youth in Kamkunji playing volley ball. 

sports is know to encourage  peace and tolerance, bringing together people from vastly different national, ethnic and social backgrounds in a spirit of mutual understanding, acceptance and respect. 

sports enforces values such as teamwork, fairness, discipline, respect for the opponent and the rules of the game are understood all over the world and can be harnessed in the advancement of solidarity, social cohesion and peaceful coexistence.

Shouts, cheers and happy faces were the rewarding result of the volleyball game yesterday. 
I believe Kibera is on the right track to embracing each other regardless of tribe. Let us keep on encouraging such initiatives that bring smiles amid prevailing tension and challenges in the community