His Grace Archbishop Desmond Tutu appeals to Ugandans to embrace Transitional Justice as it offers the possibility for a better future. Read more
2015 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Victor Ochen is interview by Daniel Mumbere of URBAN TV
The news of his nomination came as a sweet surprise and Victor Ochen, possibly Africa's youngest Nobel Prize nominee, CCTV Africa brings you the story
Editor of The London Evening Post, Henry Gombya, joined Charles Aniagolu on Africa Wrap to discuss Victor Ochen being nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.
Speaking to UBC TV’S Rhoda Ngonzi, Ochen says the prestigious nomination is not only good for the image of Uganda, but of Africa as a whole.
Victor Ochen talks to VOA about living a meaningful life
Elizabeth Silkes, Executive Director of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, congratulating Victor Ochen and the African Youth Initiative Network for their Nobel Peace Prize nomination.
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'I Employed My Brother's Kidnapper'
Victor Ochen's work to reconcile Uganda after civil war has won him a Nobel nomination
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Mark Goldberg talks to Victor Ochen who grew up in displaced persons camps in Northern Uganda, fleeing from the Lord’s Resistance Army. He emerged from that difficult situation to become a civic leader and peacemaker. And this year, he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for his work on behalf of war crimes victims in Uganda. Victor and Mark are old friends, and Victor opens up about growing up in a war zone, losing a brother, and becoming a self-taught social entrepreneur. Read more
2015 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Victor Ochen is the youngest African and first Ugandan to receive the peace prize nomination. Despite spending most of his life surrounded by war, crimes against humanity, and often surviving on one meal per day, Victor maintained a deep love for peace and powerfully activated his community. His organization, the African Youth Initiative (AYINET), assists victims of serious war crimes and creates post-conflict programs to wage widespread reconciliation. Find out how a 13-year-old boy's peace club led to a Nobel nomination,
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“My heart swells with pride to hear of one of my ‘children’ leading change in Africa,” commented Nobel Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu. “Victor is part of a special group of African leaders who have graduated from the program that bears my name and I wish him well as a potential recipient of this auspicious honour.” Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Since 2011, Kreisau-Initiative has been AYINET’s proud partner in building a better tomorrow by engaging with the wounds from the past. There are many ways to rebuild a post-conflict society, but as long as individuals are still suffering the pain and traumas created in a conflict, we cannot move forward to a constructive future. By focusing on removing the prolonged physical and emotional effects of the violence the victims in Uganda were subjected to, AYINET is creating transitional justice tools that are emphatic, personal and remedying.
Young advocate for victims’ healing and justice has impressive impact
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).