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"We have launched "I am Africa. This is my story" Youth portal with UNESCO in Cameroon and would like to share with you.http://i-am-the-story.ning.com In Cameroon we have trained Organization of African Youth to provide wokrshops. This is…"
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Please feel free to provide a short bio about yourself or the work of your organization (no more than 3 paragraphs)
Iam a young leader, holder of a BA and MA in International Relations.My special focus is on Peace and Conflict resolution as well as humanitarian assistance in crises settings.
I am the founder an President of an NGO called Association of Young Peacekeepers for Peace anad Development.
We work to promote a culture of peace in Cameroon in particular and in the Central African region, Africa and the World in general.We focus more in promoting dialogue in the rural areas where inter-tribal clashes always hamper the development of the local population.Iam a peer educator in peace and conflict as well as a trainer in humanitarian activities (the Minimum Initial Service Package-MISP);Sentising the local community on HIV/AIDS under the Cameroon Red Cross where i also work as a volunteer aid worker.
Haven worked with a Cameroon -based NGO by name Campus for peace and Dialogue International - CAPED where i served as Peace and Human Rigths Officer for 4 years, i was involved in the setting up and sustenance of youth networks within the Cameroonian civil society; giving peace talks to a group of refugees settled in Cameroon under an association and in giving peace talks in secondary schools and colleges .Iam also an DEA /Mphil research studentat the University of Yaounde I. Aspiring to be a Civilian Peacekeeper in Africa (ex. African Standby Force) and in the world at large.
Please list the countries and/or regions in which you (or your organization) have direct and significant expertise
-Cameroon
-The Central African Region
What is your current country of residence (or location of your organization)?
Cameroon
What is your current job (and organization) and/or where and what field are you studying?
Student and President of a Cameroon-based organisation called Association of Young Peacekeepers for Peace and Development; and an MPhil Research student at the University of Yaounde I
How many years professional experience do you have ?
3-5
What is your personal or organizational website?
http://None for now
Which are your primary sectoral areas of expertise (or the primary sectoral areas of your organization) ?
Alternative Dispute Resolution, Conflict Resolution, Conflict Mainstreaming, DDR, Education, Facilitation, Humanitarian Relief, Peacekeeping, Refugees, Youth, Peacebuilding
Which are your primary skills areas(or the primary skill areas of your organization)?
Advocacy, Capacity Building, Communication, Monitoring, Research, Training
What are some of your current areas of research (if any)?
-The impacts of refugee influx on Cameroon from 1965-1983 -The role Cameroon peacekeepers can play in promoting a culture of peace in Cameroon

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Youths, Social Networking and Political Transformation

Posted on February 3, 2011 at 12:30am 0 Comments

The world is changing in a fascinating way. The recent events around the world today are reminding us that the dot.com era has more to offer than just connecting pals and families separated by miles of land or oceans. Whether it is yahoo mail, facebook, twitter, or livejournal, the worldwide web or cyber space has become a strong tool and platform for the democratization of communication, ideas, opinions and activism. Previously, politics and revolutionary decisions and actions were almost…

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At 8:14pm on September 30, 2011, Richard Close said…

We have launched "I am Africa. This is my story" Youth portal with UNESCO in Cameroon and would like to share with you.http://i-am-the-story.ning.com

In Cameroon we have trained Organization of African Youth to provide wokrshops.

This is Youth empowerment workshop that Telecentres, NGOs and schools can easily run.

For telecentres and schools there is a complete certification training program at the above web site.

You thoughts and guidance would be appreciated

Richard Close

CEO Chrysalis Campaign, Inc.

 

At 1:17pm on February 3, 2011, Anita Lum A. WANKI said…
Hello Rene, thanks for the very kind words. You're equally making great strides in your professional life! Truly impressive finding great Cameroon minds going places! Keep it up bro! The Lord bless and perfect your dreams for His glory! Stay in touch....
At 8:06pm on April 7, 2010, Caroline Jaine said…
Hi Rene/Mbuli,
I'm based in the UK at the moment. Nice to meet you.
Caroline
At 2:11pm on July 6, 2009, Ben Mforndip said…
Hi, Rene,
i am in Buea now.The guy you talked about has not contacted me yet.
Have a nice Day.I will be in Yde by the end of the month.
ben
At 10:20pm on June 30, 2009, Garret C Barnwell said…
Hi Mbuli,
Yes, that does sound very interesting. I would love to learn more about the situation in Cameroon. I have fortunately started but unfortunately I will be unable to modify because of the proposal. I would like to compare notes though once our research projects are complete. have you decided on qualitative or quantitative yet? The conference sounds amazing too, yes, my interest in the Humanitarian field seems to grow a bit more every day.
How is all back home?
At 10:03pm on June 11, 2009, Garret C Barnwell said…
Hello Mbuli, yes, sorry that I have not been on. I do often come on this network lately. How are you doing. I am involved in research at the moment which is focusing on the traumatic experiences of zimbabwean refugees in south africa. What are you doing at the moment? Yes, I would love to travel more of Africa at some stage, will probably be staying in Zim at the end of the year.
At 5:18pm on May 25, 2009, Ben Mforndip said…
Rene,
Please to inform you that i am in Cameroon and i will be coming to Yaounde by monday next week.You call call me using this number 76603857.
Thanks
At 10:03pm on January 7, 2009, Tendaiwo Peter Maregere said…
Mbuli

My sincere apologies for not responding to your email earlier. I was a bit tied up, what with the political impasse in our beloved Zimbabwe. You can reach me on tendaimaregere@yahoo.com Let get in touch and enhance our praxis
At 1:58am on November 21, 2008, Garret C Barnwell said…
good evening mbuli,
thank you for the invite..... i would also like to do some networking at some stage...i am planning to do my research on the effectiveness of SA's reintigration stratergies post-xenophobic violence. will keep in link.
regards, Garret
At 9:50pm on November 19, 2008, Rene Wadlow said…
I am pleased to send you an article on the need for reconciliation bridge-builders in areas of tensions and conflicts as in eastern Congo. Just as world citizens had pushed in the 1950s for the creation of UN Forces with soldiers specially prepared for peace-keeping service, so now we are again pushing for a new type of world civil servant. India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal have all contributed actively to military-peacekeeping forces. Perhaps these same countries can take a lead in forming reconciliation teams. Your support and advice would be most appreciated. With best wishes, Rene Wadlow

East Congo — Need for Reconciliation Bridge-Builders

Rene Wadlow



On bridges are stated the limits in tons

of the loads they can bear.

But I’ve never yet found one that can bear more

than we do.

Although we are not made of roman freestone,

nor of steel, nor of concrete.

From “Bridges” – Ondra Lysohorsky

Translated from the Lachian by Davis Gill.



Violence is growing in the eastern areas of the Democratic Republic of Congo, basically the administrative provinces of North and South Kivu. The violence could spread to the rest of the country as Angolan troops may come to the aid of the Central Government as they have in the past while Rwandan and Ugandan troops are said to be helping the opposing militia led by Laurent Nkunda. While Nkunda and his Congress for the Defense of the People (CNDP) say that they are only protecting the ethnic Tutsi living in Congo, Nkunda could emerge as a national opposition figure to President Joseph Kabila, who has little progress to show from his years in power.



There is high-level recognition that violence in Congo could spread, having a destabilizing impact on the whole region. UN diplomats, led by Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon, have stressed that a political solution — not a military one — is the only way to end the violence, and they are urging the presidents of Congo, Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi, Kenya and Tanzania to work together to restore stability. The instability, along with Congo’s vast mineral and timber riches have drawn in neighboring armies who have joined local insurgencies as well as local commanders of the national army to exploit the mines and to keep mine workers in near-slavery conditions.



The United Nations has some 17,000 peacemakers in Congo (MONUC), the UN’s largest peacekeeping mission, but their capacity is stretched to the limit. Recently, the General in command of the UN forces, Lieutenant General Vicent Diaz de Villegas of Spain resigned his post after seven weeks — an impossible task. Their mission is to protect civilians, some 250,000 of which have been driven from their homes since the fighting intensified in late August 2008. The camps where displaced persons have been living have been attacked both by government and rebel forces — looting, raping, and burning. UN under-secretary general for peacekeeping, Alain Le Roy, is asking for an additional 3,000 soldiers, but it is not clear which states may propose troops for a very difficult mission. While MONUC has proven effective at securing peace in the Ituri district in north-eastern Congo, it has been much less successful in the two Kivu provinces.



The eastern area of Congo is the scene of fighting at least since 1998 — in part as a result of the genocide in neighboring Rwanda in 1994. In mid-1994, more than one million Rwandan Hutu refugees poured into the Kivus, fleeing the advance of the Tutsi-led Rwandan Patriotic Front, now become the government of Rwanda. Many of these Hutu were still armed, among them, the “genocidaire” who a couple of months before had led the killings of some 800,000 Tutsi and moderate Hutu in Rwanda. They continued to kill Tutsi living in the Congo, many of whom had migrated there in the 18th century.



The people in eastern Congo have lived together for many centuries and had developed techniques of conflict resolution, especially between the two chief agricultural lifestyles: that of agriculture and cattle herding. However, the influx of a large number of Hutu, local political considerations, a desire to control the wealth of the area — rich in gold, tin and tropical timber — all these factors have overburdened the local techniques of conflict resolution and have opened the door to new, negative forces interested only in making money and gaining political power.



UN peace-keeping troops are effective when there is peace to keep. What is required today in eastern Congo is not so much more soldiers under UN command, than reconciliation bridge-builders, persons who are able to restore relations among the ethnic groups of the area. The United Nations, national governments, and non-governmental organizations need to develop bridge-building teams who can help to strengthen local efforts at conflict resolution and re-establishing community relations. In the Kivus, many of the problems arise from land tenure issues. With the large number of people displaced and villages destroyed, it may be possible to review completely land tenure and land use issues.



World citizens were among those in the early 1950s who stressed the need to create UN peace-keeping forces with soldiers especially trained for such a task. Today, a new type of world civil servant is needed — those who in areas of tension and conflict can undertake the slow but important task of restoring confidence among peoples in conflict, establishing contacts and looking for ways to build upon common interests.



Rene Wadlow, Representative to the United Nations, Geneva, Association of World Citizens
 
 
 

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