African Youth Initiative Network
AYINET - Uganda
AYINET is Committed to Making Peace and Justice a Reality for Victims and Survivors of War
Young African Activist Receives the Mundo Negro Fraternity Prize
With justice and reconciliation, South Sudan’s people can outrun the bullets
Violence only begets more violence. The highest power is hope and the greatest need is peace
“This resolution recognizes that it is imperative for us to invest in young people to fulfil their potential and help achieve peace and security,” said Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
Mundo Negro Fraternity prize
Peace Mediation in South Sudan
Uganda is set for a historic moment on September 25, 2015, when 193 world leaders will commit to a series of ambitious targets when the world ushers in the Sustainable Development Goals. The SDGs are composed of 17 Global Goals and 169 targets to achieve 3 extraordinary things in the next 15 years: end extreme poverty, fight inequality & injustice, and reverse climate change.
Youth emerging as Leaders and Game changers for Peace and Reconciliation
The youth are undeniably a key force in achieving peaceful communities and forming paths to post-conflict recovery. Despite this, they are often not only victims of crime but also perpetrators of violent crime. One of the main reasons for their involvement in criminal activity is poverty, which is a destructive consequence of the war.
A tremendous year indeed it has been for Victor OCHEN, being most recently awarded the Commonwealth Youth Worker of the Year and Commonwealth Africa Youth Worker of the Year on November 5, 2015 at the Commonwealth headquarters in London, for his outstanding contribution to advancing youth empowerment and development often times under dangerous circumstances and at considerable personal risk
A baby gets vaccinated against polio at one of the health camps held at Lira Referral Hospital.
Other health services freely provided were Cancer Screening (Cervical, breast, and prostate), Dental services, HIV/AIDs testing and counselling, Safe Male Circumcision, Family planning services and General medical diagnosis and treatment.
I am so grateful that I am here today, and as much as I appreciate this award and as grateful as I am for it, the greatest reward I’ve ever been given in life is the simple opportunity to help victims of war, to help generations of young and old people to learn take part in healing and recovery. A situation that will help them make peace in the world around them.
On September 23 2015, African Youth Initiative Network (AYINET) will launch a project entitled ‘Rehabilitating Communities and Victims for Effective Recovery’ (RECOVER) with the support from Democratic Governance Facility (DGF).
“I visited Uganda several times. My best memory was not in a meeting room - it was on the football field. President Museveni and I played a friendly match for war victims. I was on the Justice team and he was on the Dignity team. Of course, justice and dignity go hand-in-hand so we were fighting for the same goals. I count on Uganda to continue supporting the United Nations as we promote peace, development and human rights in the country and the world.”
“ICC will deliver justice to victims of the LRA,” said Ms. Fatou Bensouda, ICC Chief Prosecutor.
The African Youth Initiative Network (AYINET), in its continuous identification, support for and cooperation with victims of war, financially supported and attended the Atiak Massacre memorial service that took place on 20 April 2015 at the Olya Primary School, Amuru District.
The African Regional Youth Summit has opened in Lira, Northern Uganda with a call for youth in Africa to embrace peace as they struggle with contemporary legacies of slavery, colonialism; and the civil wars. Read more
Public understanding and ownership as well as Victims' participation is key to the success of transitional justice: " As victims we are ready to participate "
Engaging the Youth in Understanding Law as a Tool for Human Rights
What is MICC?
Model International Criminal Court (MICC) is a simulation of the International Criminal Court,
AYINET has provided medical and psychosocial rehabilitation to over 5,000 direct victims
26 year old Nancy Auma, is one of 574 beneficiaries men, women and children who have benefited from free reconstructive surgery, medical rehabilitation as well as counseling under the United Nations' Peace Building Programme (PBP) for Northern Uganda, which has enabled her to lead a normal life.
The African Youth Initiative Network (AYINET) with support from USAID, through Supporting Access to Justice, Fostering Equity and Peace (SAFE), came up with a project of “Engaging and Empowering Youth as Leaders; Youth at Risk; and Youth as Game Changers for Peace and Reconciliation.”
The project is youth-specific approaches to post-war conflict transformation, reconciliation and peace building. Read More
Uganda’s President YK Museveni and the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon played football organized by AYINET to mobilize support and solidarity for the Victims of War; during the ICC review conference in Kampala; May 2010.
...“I express my deep respect to victims and survivors of crimes who experienced unspeakable atrocities. Instead of being crushed by war, you struggled and regained your dignity. Above all, your efforts in helping other people regain their dignity too. Mutually, the time is now we have to stand up in solidarity and protect the human rights for all. I want to thank the African Youth Initiative Network (AYINET) for organizing this memorable War Victims Football Match, they created opportunity for all of us to stand up and support victims of war”
United Nations Secretary General
...“Collectively, our solidarity with war victims’ world-over.
I wish to applaud the African Youth Initiative Network- AYINET, for hosting the War Victims Day Football Game. Football has brought us together today. World leaders, ICC State Delegates, War Victims and all people of good will for the noble cause. As we participate, each in our unique ways, we have the opportunity to identify with our brothers and sisters whose lives have regrettably not only been affected, but also defined by war and other cowardly acts of terrorism and crimes against humanity. Together with the United Nations, we in The Republic of Uganda express our solidarity with war victims”
President of Uganda
H.E Y.K Museveni
Communities with credible leadership that represents the culture of human rights.
AYINET is committed to partnerships at all levels aimed at creating new horizons for sustainable peace and justice
1. Providing Medical and Psychosocial Rehabilitation as a Form of Remedy for War Victims
2. Empowering Victims for Active Participation in Transitional Justice
3. Engaging and Empowering Youth as Leaders, Youth at Risk and Youth as Game Changers
Victor Ochen, himself a childhood victim of war, and the African Youth Initiative Network, which he founded to work for the healing of trauma and to promote youth leadership, have been nominated for the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize by the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC).
"Uganda can be very proud that the country’s first Nobel Peace Prize Nominee and founder of the African Youth Initiative Network, Victor Ochen, has been chosen as Global Ambassador for the Sustainable Development Goal on Peace and Justice. This is an excellent example of a Ugandan activist from a Ugandan NGO making a global impact," Alison Blackburne British High Commissioner to Uganda.
AYINET hosts the War Victims Conference in Uganda, 28-30 May 2014
To mobilize and empower the youth and communities in promoting healthy, peaceful and just society.