On 7th – 8th February 2017, GNRC along with Interfaith Initiative to End Child Poverty (End Child Poverty) held a regional meeting at Sarvodaya Suwasetha Sewa Society premises in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The meeting sought to explore ways to strengthen the Knowledge Centre and the GNRC network in the region. Awareness creation on the forthcoming GNRC 5TH Forum and Arigatou International’s initiatives were also discussed. Present in the two-day meeting were members of GNRC in Sri Lanka, GNRC representatives from India, Indonesia, Maldives, Nepal and Pakistan- in total, 15 participants.

A recent study by Institute for Security Studies (ISS) and Finn Church Aid shows that 40% of all recruits into al Shabaab terror group were children and youth between the ages of 15-19 years. This means that youth and children are the top targets of radicalization into violent extremism in the Horn of Africa. Parents and the community at large worry that their children might be suspects of committed terror attacks or potential agents of crime.

In an effort to enhance strong ties to promote a better world for children, the Director of Interfaith Initiative to End Child Poverty (End Child Poverty), Rev. Fred Nyabera, paid a courtesy visit to the High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to the Republic of Kenya, Mr. Chulpathmendra Dahanayake on 26th January 2017. Rev. Nyabera shared on Arigatou International’s four initiatives and her commitment to securing a brighter future for children.

Violence against children has become endemic. Today, one billion children around the world are subjected to different forms of physical and sexual violence. In 2014, 95,000 children between the ages of 15-19 died as a result of violence. ‘This has to be ended’, was the message from the GNRC Secretary General Dr. Mustafa Y. Ali on 6th - 8th December 2016, at a symposium dubbed ‘Healing and Reconciling Wounded Memories: Key Elements in Achieving Holistic Peace’, in Nairobi, Kenya. The three-day event, which was supported by the Norwegian Church Aid (NCA), aimed at understanding and seeking solutions towards reconciliation, conflict resolution and achieving holistic peace in the greater Horn of Africa. About twenty participants, comprising: - religious leaders, professionals, women, community leaders and government officials attended the meeting.

Remote parts of Turkana County still rely heavily on church missionaries, especially the Catholic Church to provide most of the basic services in health care, education and food security.

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