Victor Ochen, The First Ugandan Nobel Peace Prize Nominee

When  young advocates for change are acknowledged....

Victor Ochen has been nominated for this year's Noble Peace Prize by the AFSC.

According to American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), Ochen is a young advocate for victims’ healing and justice has impressive impact.

The 33 year old nominee is also a childhood victim of war, and the African Youth Initiative Network, which he founded to work for the healing of trauma and to promote youth leadership.
The recognition is due to his steadfast advocate of nonviolence most of his life. His life story mirrors the stories of the populations his organization serves, but he has never allowed his own grief and trauma to coerce him toward violent reactions to the hardships he has faced.

“Victor Ochen has consistently shown both commitment and effectiveness in his efforts to address the needs of victims. He has worked for transitional justice, while simultaneously promoting human rights through nonviolent means, nourishing the leadership skills of other young people, and challenging systemic issues that lead to the continued vulnerability and suffering of war victims,” says the AFSC.

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