The Somalia Women Development Centre (SWDC) Commemorate the International Peace Day, 21 September 2016, with the IDPs living in Daynile and Dharkenley districts where the two family care centres. The total number of participants was 140 people consisting of 70 children and 70 women brought together from the surrounding camps in the two sites. The children came to the Dharkenley centre, their ages ranging from 5 to 13 years of age while the activities involving the women took place in Daynile where our staff members spend the day interacting with them.

The ages of the children who participated ranged from 5 to 13 years of age. The discussion at both sites began with our staff members informing the participants about the significant of the day and asking them what peace means to them. The children responses started with them collectively stating that they were not born in peace but they have a desire for it to happen and concluded that the following is what peace means to them:

  • No conflict
  • No War or fighting
  • Access to health
  • No unlawful evictions
  • A chance to have any an education that could play a role in helping them change their lives and the lives of their families
  • Security of the country that gave its citizens the freedom to have no restrictions in one’s own country and to be able to walk where one desires without the fear of violence occurring.