On the 7th of February, 2020, Uganda Muslim Youth Development Forum (UMYDF) conducted a community dialogue that provided a platform for the young people, community leaders and government officials to share experiences, challenges, opportunities and possible solutions to youth grievances. Over 63 youths, 34 males and 29 females were mobilized from different religious sects namely: Muslim Sunni and salaf, Catholics, Pentecostals, Anglicans, and orthodox Christians.
The dialogue aimed at strengthening the youth sense of belonging, identity and engaging actively with their communities to promote peaceful responses to conflict, reflecting on their roles as citizens and agents of peace in their communities, as well as devise mechanisms to address the challenges they face.
Mayanja Yakoub and Nakimbugwe Haawa the Extremely Together Uganda chapter leaders moderated the dialogue with a focus on the issues affecting the youth in Bugiri and also connecting them to their community leaders. Among the issues that stood out included; unemployment, tribalism, lack of support for start-up of local businesses from the community leaders, superiority of some religions over others and ignorance to mention a few
Halima Ahmed, one of the participants noted that “we can handle our problems, only when we united together with people of different tribes,” she adds on that “conflicting or fighting one another is not the best solution to our problems.”
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