County Chief Officer for the Office of the Governor Paul Lodung’a today led celebrations to mark the International Day for Peace in Kalobeyei.
The event was held to emphasize the importance of peace within and beyond the refugee camp and the need for peaceful coexistence between the host community and refugees.
In his address, Chief Officer Lodunga stressed the significance of partnerships with the government through established structures like administrators.
He also assured residents of Governor Lomorukai’s dedication to achieving peaceful coexistence across Turkana County, highlighting peace as the basis for development.
He called upon individuals to use their positions to champion the rights of vulnerable people in society as a means to promote lasting peace.
He used this opportunity to invite residents and other attendees to the upcoming Turkana Cultural and Tourism Festival scheduled for October 12th to 14th.
This year’s theme was Actions for Peace: Our Ambition for the #GlobalGoals. It is a call to action that recognizes individual and collective responsibility to foster peace.
UNHCR Senior Field Associate Odindo David emphasized the significance of fostering peace within and outside the camp.
He stated the vital role of peaceful coexistence between the host community and refugees, underscoring the importance of this theme for the day’s celebration.
Turkana West Sub-County Administrator Christine Nalemsekon echoed the message of empowering the community, especially the youth, and reaffirmed the county’s commitment to collaborating with partners. She urged all attendees to become ambassadors of peace.
Ag. Director for Peace Geoffrey Apedor was among other senior county officials present.
Also present were representatives from partner organizations, such as the Danish Refugee Council, Kenya Red Cross, FilmAid, Acme Development Organization, World Vision, Lokado, LWF, ROD Kenya, and Peace Winds Japan.