An award-winning, research led model used to build and maintain peace between rival groups in Kenya is expanding through new African centers, beginning with Cote d’Ivoire, Tanzania and the Central African Republic.Founded by an Irish priest in the aftermath of deadly 2007-08 post-election violence (Kenya’s next national elections take place Aug. 8), Nairobi-based Shalom Centre has successfully helped foster peace between 11 ethnic communities of Northern Kenya, where assault rifles are as common in households as cooking pots.

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