Against the backdrop of UNMIL imminent departure, the country is once again pressure for peace. Rightly so, opinions are divided among the young people of Liberia, who are rather apprehensive of what the future holds post UNMIL; given the lack of a tangible education, training and empowerment programme.
Last Friday-1 July 2016- would go down the annals of Liberian history as an important day. As a day in which the Government of Liberia took over security responsibilities from the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) following 13 years of unbroken peace.
Current wave of mob violence suggests an episodic security threat that a strong security apparatus is required to manage. We are of the opinion that limited uprising could lead to wider insurrection and as we prepare for the next Presidential and Parliamentarian elections, there is need to rumours, fears and doubts.
Every day is a challenge and as young people we need to prepare for it, train for it and test for it. With the advent of the digital media and other emerging technology, the world is becoming smaller, young people are interacting more and understanding what is specific to our culture, what is universal and making peace a choice becomes important.
The recent visit of the delegation from the Peace Building Commission based in New York and the outcome of discussions with young peace messengers was another eye opener. We dialogued about the need to allow young people handle the affairs of sustainable peace and on the need to have a better peace culture through an equal partnership with youths.
Chinyere J. Onodugo is a core volunteer of Messengers of Peace (MOP)-Liberia. As a student of electronics engineering at the Stella Maris polytechnic, Chinyere still finds time for peace activism, writing, dance and volunteerism. The extract below is her contribution to the column on Peace Recipe.