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KITUO LAUNCHES “Just How Long”

On 2nd December 2016 at the Panafric Hotel-Nairobi, Kituo cha Sheria launched ‘Just ow Long’- a Short film on IDPs and ‘Real Talk-This can happen to anyone of us’ a comic book.

The launch was made possible with support from the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and the Civil Peace Service-ZFD Ziviler Friedensdienst who also on the same day presented an informative report on internal displacement in Kenya.

‘Just How Long’ is a short film about Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Kinamba, Laikipia County-Kenya. The Film has been nominated for the German Human Rights Film Awards 2016. This documentary tells an extraordinary example of solidarity and kindness in Kenya in the aftermath of the 2007/08 post-election violence. Kinamba residents led by their chief from Laikipia County rescued 800 IDPs offered them shelter and food disregarding their ethnic affiliation while fighting was happening elsewhere on the basis of ethnicity.

You may watch the short film HERE >>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkfboeuy_Zc

The launch brought together stakeholders from the human rights field, the judiciary, academia, the government and host communities  who candidly gave their thoughts on internal displacement in Kenya.

The launch brought together Kituo board of directors and staffs led by ED Gertrude Angote and board members Joy Asiema and John Chigiti. Government representatives from National Disaster Operation Center(NDOC), National Consultative Coordination Committee on Internal Displacement (“the NCCC”) and the Laikipia County government were also represented. Representation from the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR), Danish Refugee Council (DRC), GIZ- Portfolio manager Denis Dressel, Prof. Ben Sihanya, an academic and the Kinamba community representatives led by their chief were also present. The day’s keynote address was made by Lady justice Hellen Wasilwa who emphasized the willingness of the Judiciary to deal with cases on internal displacement in a short time once they are presented for determination.
To close the colorful event there was a panel discussion that addressed the prevention of displacement and durable solutions as well as each representative’s role in assisting affected communities to access justice.

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