Practice Africa an organization that is out to commemorate the lives of Africans that have been lost in battle and political instability started a movement on social media dubbed #NamesNotNumbers (Names not Numbers) in which they want social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook to put up a monument to celebrate those who died in the instabilities.
The movement is majorly aimed at ensuring that different people and platforms recognize the names of those whose lives were lost during the instabilities and not bundling them up in numbers.
The movement is Youth spear headed and they are trying to change the way violence is viewed in Africa as the Africa Union Summit is just days away.
For so long Africa has been a place best known for violence against it’s own people and to date some countries are still having political instability for example Somalia, Libya, Guinea, Democratic Republic of Congo. In Nigeria, rebel groups continue to abduct and kill women and children.
According to Africa Peace zone, over 25 million people have been displaced because of the wars and disability in Africa creating a lot of refugees across the continent that for long has been described as a dark continent.
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The movement is also being used to ask the different governments and stakeholders to silence the guns and stop all the violence that is causing a huge ripple effect on a lot of different aspects of development on the continent.
According to the youth, there is a correlation between the wars or political instability and demographic change, youth unemployment and inequality.
As they launched the peace initiative yesterday, at exactly 10:00 AM East African time, a moment of silence was observed to remember all those whose lives were lost during the political instabilities across the continent.
For long, Africa has not seen what it is like to have peace and the Youth led movement is pushing for the African Union to find ways to silence guns and bring peace onto the continent so that many aspects of development will be realized but majorly so that lives aren’t lost due to avoidable circumstances.
Author: Moses Echodu
Moses is a freelance writer for Newslibre and Programs Manager at the Craft Silicon Foundation. He loves writing about sports, politics and news around the globe and Inspiring new young people!!