By Julie Mandoyan | September 4, 2012 - 13:00 GMT
Sports are a great way to channel messages. Organizers of Peace Day events throughout the world have well understood the power of collective games for reconciliation purposes. This is one of the reasons why Gua Africa will organize a soccer game in Nairobi on Peace Day (21 September).
Gua's very name means "peace" in Nuer. It finds its motivation in the inspiring work of its founder, ex-child soldier now recording artist, Emmanuel Jal. Its year long activities focus on helping people overcoming the consequences of war. It notably does so by supporting projects facilitating the education of individuals affected by war in Kenya and South Sudan.
On Peace day, however, its trademark activity is to organize a game bringing people together, and creating an opportunity for fun and gathering. In 2010, while tension was growing in the state of Unity, with cattle rustling and sporadic violence erupting due to the looming independence referendum (January 2011), Gua organized a game to which the whole community of Leer was invited.
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