A PATH OUT OF CONFLICT
Our team really values our core mission. Here, there is a place where young people can have a peaceful dialogue and effect change through peaceful exchange. It’s a model internally of what we’re seeking outside. We have added significance – a safe place for dialogue, to influence opinions, change ideas and make change. It’s incredibly important, because everything we do is about that.
A woman from Libya said
Your report on the peace negotiations changed my mind about how we can reach people and put aside violence”.
To have reached this point is very important. This group of young people is spreading these values through social media and we have a real opportunity to look at socially responsible media. We are bringing together people who oppose each other to have the opportunities to resolve their differences and come to terms with each other through this work. Libya isn’t all about guns, we’re doing positive things to try and bring about peace and reconciliation, and we have a unique role as the only voice doing this. All the other media outlets fuel the violence. Peace and Reconciliation (PR) was our rationale, we do sport, music – all the things that interest young people. We want to do workshops for film as a tool of PR – making films together. We have young people from all over Libya here in Tunis, working in a team is new for Libyans and they really like it.
We have done a lot of training the trainers and now we’re doing peer to peer training. Young people are attuned to social media – and this young team of Libyans have formed the project – it’s for their Libya and that’s why this is a success. They can see the potential, run with it and shape the idea of El Kul– which resonates with the audience. It’s not top down, it’s organic. This is a great experience – it’s also one that needs to be managed. We have not published anything that would be harmful in any way, the team is very young – and dealing with kidnapping, civil war – tough things – and they take on very difficult questions in a very mature way.
Libya is in a state of emergency, the media can’t function there, TV stations are burned down by people who don’t like the news they make. We’re not big but we do reach a large number of people and the sharing works, they trust it. El Kul is very well thought of by people in Libya as a source of reliable information and I feel very humbled by this.