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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Silence of Peace | Whispering African Vocies

What’s wrong with Africa? 


Out of the many challenges facing Africa today, violence and political turmoil dominate the headline news stories. However, there are millions of enlightened people living in Africa who are wise and caring of others but their voices are rarely heard above a whisper.

"Lay down your arms and focus on development and education issues " - Tegla Loroupe


Who is Tegla Loroupe?

In 1994, Tegla Loroupe was the first African woman to win the New York City Marathon. She is currently a global spokesperson for peace, women's rights and education. Loroupe started the Tegla Loroupe Peace Foundation in 2003 because when she looked back at her Pokot community in Kenya, she could not remember a time when they were not at war with the neighboring Turkana, Karamoja and Marakwet communities over grazing land and cultural demands. Loroupe embarked on a mission to save people afflicted by the war and organized peace races that would unite the fighting communities.
Some African countries still are mired in conflict and peace remains fragile in many others.  
Marathon peace races are an annual event held in cattle farming communities of Eastern Uganda, Northern Kenya, and South Sudan using sports as a tool to bring people together. The focal point is the warriors’ 10km road race where rivalling factions put aside their differences and unite in the spirit of sport.

In addition, the training center is used as a training facility for refugees hoping to participate in the 2016 Rio Olympics as marathon runners. What’s special about the athletes at the center is all are from Kenya’s Dadaab and Kakuma, two of the world's largest refugee camps.


“Sport brings people together, irrespective of language or beliefs” - Tegla Loroupe


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