Moroto Peace Race Postponed to February 3 2017
Lots of activity over December, with numerous conflicts in Northern Kenya forced the Tegla Loroupe Peace Foundation to postpone the initially planned Moroto Peace race.
Instead, the Foundation together with partners organized the Kraal to Kraal Visit involving intercommunity visits to reduce brewing tension and looming conflict.
Pokot from Alale cluster and Amudat, Turkana from Lodwar and Loima, and Karamojong from Moroto converged at a Kraal in Kobebe area in Moroto.
Moroto Peace Race to be held in December
The annual Tegla Loroupe Moroto Peace Race will be held from 8th to 10 of December.
The Race itself will be run on 10th while consultative peace forums and speeches will be done on the eve of the peace race. Fashion and cultural gala will be on the evening of the races.
Reformed warriors from Pokot, Turkana , Karamojong, Sebei communities are expected to take part in the races which will also include women and men events.
This years peace race aims at creating awareness on the benefits of the established peace, while also giving warring communities a platform to discuss peace and share on how to resolve conflicts arising from cattle rustling, limited pasture and water among others.
Tegla Loroupe named UN Person Of the Year Kenya
Tegla Loroupe was named the United Nations Person of the Year Kenya 2016.
In a ceremony held at The UN Nairobi compound during the UN Day, Tegla was recognised 'for using her athletics prowess to promote peace building in conflict zones and for her leadership in ensuring refugee participation in the 2016 Olympic games for the first time in history'.
According to the UNHCR "In June 2014, Tegla organized a peace race in Kakuma refugee camp to commemorate World Refugee Day and to promote peace in the region. She noted great athletics talent among refugees which she believed was worth supporting. Through her Peace Foundation, she established an athletics training facility for refugees in Ngong Nairobi.
With her consistent advocacy in 2015, she succeeded in ,lobbying the International Olympics Committee(IOC) to give a chance to refugees with athletics talent to participate in the Olympics. As a result, ten refugees (five from Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya) were selected for Rio Olympics. Her hope was that when refugees perticipate in the Olympics, people in their home countries would rally behind them, putting aside their differences."