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Readers write about a youth program in Kenya, justice for Palestinians, and new art.

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Youth program gives Kenyans hope in time of need

Regarding the Dec. 26 article, "Looking for hope instead of an exit in Kenyan slum": This article about the Kibera Community Youth Program (KCYP) in Kenya had me smiling from ear to ear. I am the head of its international advisory board, so it was doubly delightful and uplifting to see such a wonderful story about their work.

The timing could not have been better for another reason. Because of the controversial election, Kibera has been the scene of some of the worst violence the country has seen in years.

KCYP members are trying to distribute food to near-starving residents. They are also using the arts and their good offices to do outreach related to peace and tolerance.

This article not only shines a well-deserved spotlight on their work, but it will also alert people to ways they can help KCYP expand its work to address this emergency and the longer-term ramifications of recent events in Kenya.

The need for bridge-building among various ethnic groups, training in alternative forms of conflict resolution, income-generation projects, and an increase in development opportunities for young people – often identified as perpetrators of the current mayhem – is clear.

KCYP, as the article points out, is uniquely qualified to be of vital service in this regard.


Justice needed for the Palestinians

In response to George Moffett's Jan. 9 Opinion piece, "In the Middle East, no time to spare": If Israel is on "borrowed time" as Dr. Moffett's article contends, then they have only borrowed it from themselves.

The American people have been lied to and misled for 60-plus years as to the real nature of the conflict.

Without justice for the people of Palestine, there will never be peace in the region.


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