The Zero Violence254 Initiative
The Zero Violence254 Initiative is the brainchild of Human Rights Activist and Ripples International Africa Director For Legal Services, Mr. John Burke Baidoo.
John Burke Baidoo
John Burke Baidoo is a lawyer specializing in human rights activism around women and children.
He earned a law degree from Ghana and trained on Human Rights work in Switzerland.
John is a Trustee member and Africa Director for legal services, Ripples International; having worked as the first elected Ghanaian Ambassador to the Economic, Cultural, and Social Council (ECOSSOC) of the African Union.
During this period He worked very closely with several African Heads of states and dignitaries including Kenya’s Nobel Peace Laureate Wangari Maathai.
He continues to work in various capacities to protect and promote respect for the rights of women and children around the world.
Zero Violence254 Initiative
The Zero Violence254 initiative seeks to push violence out of Kenya through a series of social actions that raise awareness about the causes and effects of domestic violence in our society.
Violence has had a devastating effect on many communities in Kenya, stemming back to the post-election violence of 2007 that left Kenya on the brink of collapse.
The key activity in the Zero Violence254 initiative is the ‘Moyale-To-Moyale’ walk.
On 15 March 2017, John Burke Baidoo will attempt the impossible walk, pushing the limits of human endurance while creating awareness for a good cause.
Beginning at the southern most tip of the country, in the quiet County of Kwale, John will traverse 1500 kilometers through 16 counties spanning desert, tropical and mountain terrain, before eventually arriving at the Kenyan/Ethiopian border town of Moyale in Marsabit County.
Pushing the limits of human endurance while creating awareness for a good cause.
It is a walk that has never been attempted before. It will push John to his limits, testing his resolve, determination and strength.
In John’s words,
“This is a walk that is very important to me. My work every day puts me face to face with people who have experienced the devastating effects of one sort of violence. In utter helplessness, they turn to someone to assist, but they find no one. We need to stand up and say, “enough is enough’ in a manner that the whole country will notice.”
Let’s put this walk into perspective.
There are two routes to Moyale from Kwale.
Exploring The Two Routes
If you were to drive from Kwale to Moyale by car, it would take you 19 hours, 22 minutes.
The route from Kwale to Malindi would take the Zero Violence team through Garissa to the Dadaab refugee camp.
Dadaab and the neighboring area is prone to cattle rustling, banditry and attacks. The area between Dadaab and Moyale consists of vast empty expanses of wilderness. You are likely going to meet wild animals any time of day or night.
That’s not a human friendly route.
The Best Route
Therefore the most accessible route to Moyale from Kwale would be along the Mombasa-Nairobi Highway, starting from Kwale to Mombasa, Kilifi, Taita Taveta, Makueni, Machakos, Nairobi Kiambu, Muranga, Kirinyaga, Embu, Tharaka-Nithi, Isiolo, Samburu and finally Marsabit County.
The route looks like this:
That extends John’s route by an additional 300 kilometers.
This is a journey of epic proportions.
Protection Against Domestic Violence Act
As mentioned before, the reason the Zero Violence team under the watch of Ripples International, is attempting this walk is to raise awareness of the Kenya ‘Protection Against Domestic Violence Act’ as well as raising funds for its Access To Justice Program.
Access To Justice is a special legal support program established by Ripples International to provide free legal aid to needy members of society who aren’t able to secure professional legal counsel.
Many of these needy people have suffered effects of domestic violence in the area of family law and inheritance issues.
The team at Ripples International regularly hears cases where a widow was evicted from her land from unscrupulous relatives, or a wife was thrown out of the matrimonial home.
There are cases where people lost their land as a result of the post-election violence of 2007 and still have not had their day in court to agitate for successful reclamation of their rightful possession.
Thanks to the donations from the Zero Violence Initiative, Ripples International will be able to assist hundreds of needy people with the free legal aid they need.
The Need Is High
The need is high, the resources are few.
That’s why the Zero Violence Initiative agitates for a peaceful society and reasonable resolution to all cases involving violence in Kenyan society.
If you would like to get involved with the Zero Violence initiative, lend your support with a donation of any amount by going here.