Delegates from the Pan African Youth Union encourage Somalia to champion peace
A delegation from the Pan African Youth Union concluded a three-day official visit to Somalia Thursday, with a call to African leaders to engage youth in governance and peace initiatives.
The team arrived in Somalia on Tuesday, at the invitation of the Federal Government of Somalia.
“I have seen hope in the young people of this country, I have seen the will to change their country and they need support. They need to participate in governance, they need to be given hope, they have the right to dream and to dream big for change in Somalia,” the PYU President Ms. Francine Furaha Muyumba said.
During their stay, the delegates from Kenya, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo, interacted with young female peacekeepers and Somali youth. They also addressed a youth conference on entrepreneurship.
Ms Muyumba was impressed with youth-led peace initiatives.
“We need to see how we can have a special fund for Somali youth in entrepreneurship, to give hope to these young people, to show them that life is also important and things can be done differently,” Ms. Muyumba said.
On Thursday, the delegation paid a courtesy call on the Deputy Special Representative of the African Union Commission Chairperson in Somalia (DSRCC) Hon. Lydia Wanyoto.
Hon. Wanyoto described the visit by the Pan African Union as critical in encouraging Somali youth to abandon acts of terrorism and radicalisation.
“Bringing to Somalia young people from other countries who have made a difference, gone to school, who have other ideas to contribute to the development of their countries is very important,” Wanyoto said.
Wanyoto said the presence of the young delegates during Somalia’s ongoing electoral process was important and sent a message to the elders to begin integrating young people in governance structures.