Tag Archives: Kenya

Teaching with her life – a tribute to Doreen Ruto

Doreen’s early life included schooling, becoming a teacher, entering marriage, and giving birth to two sons. In 1998, she lost her husband in the US embassy bombing in Nairobi. In subsequent years, she courageously continued her education, both in terms of participation in survivors’ groups and in formal education – ultimately coming to Eastern Mennonite ...More

Hospital nurse

Hadley Jenner, Grad. Cert. ’97 Harrisonburg, Virginia Long-time work with Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) seems to leave people with rich experiences and much wisdom, but not necessarily with credentials that translate into comparably responsible work in the US. Or so Hadley and Jan Jenner found after leaving their shared 7-year-long roles as MCC country representatives ...More

Kenyan Peacebuilders Show Way Out Of Election Violence

When the previous issue of Peacebuilder went to the printer on January 7, 2008, it contained uplifting thoughts from Jebiwot Sumbeiywo, a 2004 MA graduate of CJP who lives in Kenya and is the continental coordinator for Coalition for Peace in Africa. In that pre-press version of Peacebuilder Sumbeiywo spoke of how pleased she was ...More

CJP People Took Action

EMU’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP) has more MA graduates in conflict transformation in Kenya than in any other country of the world, except the United States. Thirteen graduate-level alumni or professors are based in Kenya. Our Summer Peacebuilding Institute has hosted 50 people from Kenya, including Dekha Ibrahim Abdi, one of six named ...More

Towards Understanding the Violence in Kenya

The race leading up to the December 2007 election between presidential incumbent Mwai Kibaki and opposition candidate Raila Odinga was tight. Early returns showed Odinga leading substantially. Then there was a sudden shift in the reporting of votes. Kibaki took the lead for inexplicable reasons. International observers reported anomalies in the way votes were being ...More

What Future for Kenya?

In recent years, Kenya looked as if it were going to be among those African countries in the forefront of finding their way toward national unity and social equity, with peace and prosperity as the ultimate outcomes. Kenya’s peace was fragile, however, mostly because its economic gains were unequally distributed. When the violence erupted last ...More

Students at CJP Note Role of Media

Four students from Kenya are at CJP now, pursuing an MA in conflict transformation. One of these students (Jeannine Cinco) is American, but she was working in Nairobi last year at a vocational training school for disadvantaged girls when the violence occurred. The girls had gone to be with their families or to their orphanages ...More