The Mara Mara Peace Festival, held in Kampala, Uganda, over the weekend of March 7–8, was organized by a volunteer network of young people under the Africa Peace Zones campaign in support of the African Union’s goal of attaining peace on the continent. Festivalgoers ate barbecue meat, practiced yoga, listened to live music and poetry, took part in outdoor activities like tug-of-war and dodgeball, and attended round-table discussions about the AU’s 2020 theme of Silencing the Guns.
Why It Matters
The AU’s aim this year is to work toward ending several ongoing conflicts on the continent and limiting the distribution of small arms. The mission of the Africa Peace Zones coalition of volunteers is to promote the values of the African Union’s conflict-resolution initiative and encourage engagement by ordinary people to realize this goal. Events like the festival offer a sense of community, a space to talk about shared interests, and a platform for young people to advocate for peace.