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Amani Haki Yetu: Peace Is Our Right [Paperback]

Adam Hummel
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April 23 2012

On December 30, 2007, President Mwai Kibaki was declared the winner of Kenya's presidential election. Within minutes of this declaration, rioting erupted across Kenya, from the coast of the Indian Ocean to the banks of Lake Victoria. These riots lasted two months, claiming the lives of nearly 1500 Kenyans, and leaving more than half a million internally displaced. Hostility to this extent, not seen in Kenya's modern history, illustrated the divisive nature of Kenya's tribalism, and left an entire generation questioning whether Kenya would once again become one of Africa's most peaceful nations. Realizing the role they had in ensuring a peaceful future, Kenya's youths, who comprise a majority of the population, began to lead, and grassroots organizations soon began to materialize throughout Kenya's countryside.

This book details the efforts made by one such group of Kenyan youths who, together with a young Canadian, came together with the goal of helping to build a sustainable peace in Kenya. It details the background to Kenya's 2008 post-election violence, the early efforts leading to the formation of the Youth Ambassadors for Peace, and steps taken to engage both the potential and ability of those who wish to help. Through youth empowerment and the belief that diversity creates strength, these Kenyans demonstrate the power of a small group of thoughtful and dedicated individuals, united by their desire to find peace before Kenya's next elections are held in March 2013.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read! Oct. 29 2013
AMANI HAKI YETU recounts the inspiring story of one man’s journey to help a determined group of young Kenyans make their communities more tolerant and inclusive after a violent political crisis. Written with verve and compassion, it offers a wonderful tribute to the power of a grassroots movement to improve the lives of the marginalized.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read! Aug. 12 2012
By SS - Published on
Amani Haki Yetu was a most pleasurable way of learning about the tribes and policies of Kenya. Mr. Hummel writes his journal in a conversational style, making us feel like we are with him. I was able to laugh and cry at various parts. It renewed an interest in Swahili for one of my family members. We are now including words such as rafiki, mzungu mjinga, kiboko and twiga in out everyday conversations. I may never look at a chicken again without wondering who it is named for.
Project Adam is gallant effort to bring peace and healing to a poverty, HIV/AIDS, ailing nation.
We wish him, and the people of Kenya well, and highly recommend this book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful read Oct. 21 2013
By JN - Published on
Amani Haki Yetu written by Adam Hummel is a beautiful story that captures a vivid image of Africa, in particular Kenya. The story of Adam's journey intertwined with the conflicts occurring there including and not limited to tribalism, poverty, and HIV/AIDS. Tribalism was never a word in my vocabulary before -- I didn't know it was a current issue in the world. I never knew that there was such an immense amount of conflict in Kenya between their own people. This novel paints a detailed picture of what was occurring in Kenya, and allows people to understand their current situation, through the authors journey and effort in making Peace something the people wake up to everyday. Adam works with the local people to help aid in making Peace a reality in their lives. This was an amazing eye-opening read with a strong message. Recommend it!
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly inspirational book. Jan. 31 2013
By Alan Grevler - Published on
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I have had the good fortune to read a wonderful book with the unlikely title of Amani Haki Yetu written by Adam Hummel. The author together with a few dedicated individuals, scant resources and little money established a Peace Movement in Kenya to counter the recent horrific politically inspired post election violence in that country.
The book has a powerful message which is given added punch by the authors understated almost humble way he puts the case for peace. For those of us fatigued to indifference by the seemingly never ending chaos and tragedy that make the headlines of the African story, this book suggests that another path is possible. The author to his credit travelled to the depths of Kenya, put his theory into practice and from almost nothing gave birth to his vision. A great read. Alan G.
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