AYINET to Host the International War Victims Conference in Uganda, 2013.
African Youth Initiative Network (AYINET), with support from national, international partners and the Government of Uganda, will host the first International War Victims Conference in Uganda in 2013. The specific month and date will be communicated shortly, keep checking the website for updates. The conference will bring together humanitarian and human rights activists, peace builders, government representatives, academics and war victims from around the world.
The conference aims to give human rights activists and survivors of war a platform to discuss and raise international awareness of the plight of war victims and to build international support for caring for these survivors and protecting their rights. “Victims of war worldwide are still marginalized, not only in daily life but in the peacebuilding and development process as well. Through this conference, we want to mainstream these victims into the process, give survivors the global visibility and contribute to healing the lives of the people who have suffered the most” says Victor Ochen, director of AYINET.
AYINET invites interested organisations, donor agencies, members of the media, individuals, government representatives, and victims of war. Participation from young people around the world is also strongly encouraged. “We hope to inspire and promote generations of young people to work towards alternatives to violence and build a culture of global justice, peace and stability,” Ochen explains.
At least 120 war victims from around the world will be attending the conference. The event is free for all participants. Limited flight tickets will be provided for selected victims/survivors travelling from far distances while transport by road will be provided to victims travelling from within East African countries, DRC and Sudan.
Venue: The conference will take place in Lira District, in Central Northern Uganda, 375 kilometres from the capital of Kampala. Lira is one of the districts plagued by years of LRA conflict. It’s a model post- conflict community, rapidly growing and changing as the survivors of war have chosen as a PEOPLE, as a NEIGHBOURHOOD, to rise above their suffering and to build a stronger nation.
Details of programs and logistics will be communicated to interested participants including the application form.
If you are interested in partnering with AYINET in organising the conference, interested to participate in the conference or would like more information, please contact AYINET:
Phone: +256 772 539879, +256 473 660170
Office: P.O.BOX 981, Lira – Uganda, Africa.