Lowar town in Turkana County came alive between 18-23 May, when IOM kicked off a six-day peace building outreach road show, to raise awareness on safe migration and culture of peace.
The roadshow held under the aegis of the United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security project saw residents come out in large numbers to be entertained as the convoy traversed the hinterland of Lodwar Town.
The caravan traversed 50 Km across Central Turkana and made numerous stop overs, in Kerio, Kalokol, Kataboi, Nakwamekwi, Soweto, California before culminating in a broad show in Lodwar town on 20 May.
Messages of peace, safe migration, child labour and trafficking embellished the event as the young and the old came out to dance, cheer and sing their hearts out.
The enthralled crowds were treated to an array of entertainment staged by celebrity musicians who kept the audience on their feet as the highly charged convoy slowly snaked along the designated routes.
“This indeed is a noble course that has in the past shown remarkable results. Last year when IOM held a similar roadshow we noticed a marked drop in the number of intercommunal conflict,” said the chairman of the Turkana County peace forum, Boniface Limati.
Buoyed by last year’s successfulroadshow in Lodwar, IOM in the second leg of the tour took its message on 21 May deeper in Turkana County to buttress the message of peace and safe migration in a bid to enlighten a largernumber of locals.
The convoy toured Nadapal, Nadio, Turkwel and will make another eight stopovers before coming to an end on 23 May in Lokiriama along the KenyaUganda border.
Meanwhile, under the same initiative, IOM project staff, Augustine Lambert and Mayende Marion participated in a community radio talk show at Akicha FM to sensitize the residents on thedanger of human trafficking and the need for orderly migration.