As it is known that Mass atrocities are not isolated events but rather a process over a period of time, built on different structural underlying issues; therefore prevention should be a process too. I am in favor of policies and actions which create a base for respect for human dignity regardless of identity. I would like to see a government-sponsored but peoples owned prevention process whereby women, youth, children, religious leaders, civil societies participate to restructure our societies. We are living in societies where political, social and religious “construction of the other” is prevalent. In most cases groups feel mistreated, disrespected, excluded and unwanted while on the other hand other groups feel superior, correct, and visionary and are rightful owners of the given process. It is my wish for the Government to embark on a national rebuilding process through which different stakeholders (including political parties, religious institutions, Civil Societies, Youth groups, Women, etc) shall be involved in creating a common national vision, mission, core values, and development strategies. This process will close loopholes which perpetrators utilize for their agendas. The process shall also reduce political tension due to the shared national vision.
Despite of being an employee of a non-State regional peacekeeping training institution, I am a founder of Serenity Voice Foundation which is the organization working on the establishment of a model community on the basis of social development, peace-building, human rights observance and prevention of atrocity crimes. The project is still in its early stages. I work on democratization process, by training the villagers on their civic duties and rights and as a result of a four months training villagers decided to unseat their village leader due to unaccountability, impunity, and corruption, and elected a new leader! I also oversaw the creation of the village common vision, mission, values and the writing of its four years strategic plan 2017-2020. The Prevention Village works on the following pillars:
Since my childhood I lived a life being discriminated, mistreated and disrespected because first I was born out of wedlock, and that my alleged father was from a different ethnic group and of different religion. The pain I (beatings, torture, segregation, etc) went through and the rancor I harbored in my heart are the source of my inspiration. My anger is not towards those who hurt me but against the social models of disrespect for human dignity. I don’t want other people to go through the ordeal I did. It makes me so happy to convert crying faces into laughing ones; I want to see people are respected just because they are human beings.
The thinking of it now, my heart goes faster! Auschwitz Birkenau for me is a constant reminder that human beings are evil and none is above the line. With this thought I’m encouraged to recommit my entire life day by day to helping those around me find and affirm themselves in living accountable lives. I will never forget standing by the pond in which human ashes were dumped! I felt the chilling in my heart, and asked myself, how can a man do this his fellow? I also thought of the people I hated and those I wished to have power to get rid of, and then I asked myself do their wrongdoings give me a reason to terminate their lives? Oh no… I’m no better than the Nazi soldiers if I keep on embracing the reasons why my presumed enemies should not exist! Gosh, my life is changed!