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Issue 4, 2011

NEWSLETTER
This newsletter provides the latest information on FORGOTTENDIARIES.ORG which is
managed by Youth Action for Change (YAC).
Forgotten Diaries (FD) is a unique project which aims to raise awareness of the several
under-reported conflicts currently occurring around the world and empower young
people living in these zones with the skills and tools they need to contribute towards
grass roots peace-building and community development.
Forgotten Diaries also provides young people with the possibility of making their voices heard
through the media, by reporting on their daily life via an especially dedicated platform for the
exchange of information and analysis of critical situations. Please visit our website
www.forgottendiaries.org and be part of this global conversation to raise awareness on
forgotten conflict zones
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As part of its commitment to empowering young people in forgotten conflict zones, Youth Action for Change recently
sponsored nine new youth-led, innovative, grass-roots peace-building projects through Forgotten Diaries. These grants follow
the five projects sponsored as part of the first grants program in 2009 which was highly successful and proved FD's key
message to policy makers ÷ that if empowered, young people can be the solution to community peace and development and
can bring about a more cohesive and peaceful attitude within communities.

Over 100 applications from all over the world were received. Projects were selected based on their capacity to contribute to a
more peaceful future within each community and their potential to bring about real grass roots development. FD would like to
thank Art Action for supporting this grants program. The nine projects and their outcomes were:

Country Recipient Project Outcome
Pakistan Gulalai Ismail Co Conducted a Peace Education Workshop with 50 young people from the district of
Peshawar to celebrate International Peace Day on 21st September 2010. As a result a
peace-building training manual was developed to be widely used by youth living in
conflict zones and wishing to combat violence and intolerance

East Timor Jose de Jesus Used sport to help integrate vulnerable youth and street children into society and
reduce potential future conflict between communities
Liberia Hans George Distributed cartoon handbills and posters with messages of nonviolence among 500
young people that included former child soldiers, street children and other vulnerable
youth in his community
Ethiopia Belaynesh Abebaw Resorted to the universality of art to empower thousands of girls and women focusing
on making them aware of the voice they have and its importance for the promotion of
peace
Nepal Ashis Himali Used theatre performances involving 2500 youth and spreading the message of peace
building among them

Nigeria Ogaga Maxwell FD blogger, grant awardee and recently announced ambassador for United Religious
Initiative from Nigeria brought together over 200 secondary school student leaders by
using art and culture to raise awareness among them on the need for peaceful inter-
religious co-existence in the Niger Delta area
Rwanda Emmanuel
Niyamugabo
Mobilized more than 2000 young people with physical disabilities in a campaign
"Disability is not inability¨ training them on conflict management, human rights and
peace and involving them in the community development in their countries
Colombia Lorena Callejas Used artistic expression, sports and peace to combat violence between gangs in his
community reaching over 300 young people directly or indirectly affected by the conflict

Nepal Shree Thapa Used the technique of street drama performances reaching over 9000 participants to
reconcile them on the issues of bad practices of caste intimidation


Less than two months after the grants were disbursed, the projects have already begun and the first photos and reports from
project activities have already been received.



Youth-led Project Outcomes

Youth Empowerment - Grants
Nepal: Two children are enjoying cultural
music in a scene of peace building theatre
performances.

Timor Leste: The Ping Pong for Peace program was actively
participated by kids under 18 yrs, they practiced how to play
ping pong, sport education and the spirit of health.


Nigeria: Ogaga presents Peace and culture award winners at
the P.E.A.C.E project


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Ogaga Maxwell inspires agency for change


Youth Empowerment

When Kofi Annan appeared on television, visiting a country
ravaged by war, many people chose to turn the TV off or
change the channel. Not Ogaga.

Kofi Annan's visit to Nigeria inspired Ogaga to to take his
society's development into his own hands. He founded a
youth NGO called "Dare to Dream" which aims to help young
people unlock their dreams and help them become a
powerful tool for change in society.

While surfing the web, Ogaga got to know Youth Action for
Change (YAC). Through YAC, he got involved with Forgotten
Diaries. It has been, according to Ogaga, 'the hallmarks of
my development work since I started'. Quoting Ogaga, 'the
concept of FD was innovative and I loved the fact that YAC
was started small, since we were made to know how with
little funding YAC grew to where it is now, it was an inspiring
example for young people like us, who do not yet have all the
resource for offices, staff and whatever is needed for big
funders to recognize what we are doing. The courses [in
project development, provided by YAC] also made me have
the needed capacity to embark and develop projects and also
I love the idea that after the project we would be assisted to
put what we have learnt into action.'

Whilst working with YAC, Ogaga was able to have his project
selected for YAC´s grant through Forgotten Diaries project
which supported his first project 'Sports Skills for Peace'.

His work has also led him to another new accomplishment;
Ogaga´s nomination as one of the 15 Youth Ambassadors at
the United Religious Initiative. He will now represent Africa as
an ambassador for 2011, alongside another selected youth
ambassador from Kenya. According to Ogaga, the relevance
of his FD experience to his latest accomplishment was that
it 'provided two key experiences for me to be able to share
with the interviewer on phone, my "Sports Skills for Peace
Project" and the recently concluded "P.E.A.C.E project", I do
believe that if I had not done both projects sponsored by
YAC, I may not have been picked because there would not
be proof of work done in the area of Peace building, then URI
is also interested in blogging, and FD website have provided
me with a global platform to blog.'

However, this nomination is only one of the projects Ogaga
has in 2011. After the success of Sports for Peace, Ogaga
tells us about his expectations for his latest project that has
received a grant from YAC, titled 'P.E.A.C.E' [Peace
Education, Arts and Cultural Empowerment]. He states that
'the expectation for P.E.A.C.E is great . in this project we
are merging three things 1. Peace Education 2. Arts with
focus on fine arts, painting 3 Culture, because we discover
that when we focus on Arts and Culture we can reduce
tension; this is also missing in our school curriculum and in
our everyday life.'





Ogaga´s projects often involve the arts and
sports. According to him, art is universal and
Africans are very artistic by nature. Ogaga recalls
bronze arts and the Terracotta arts, summing up a
rich history that can be rediscovered. He firmly
believes that participating in the arts can be run
parallel with peacemaking.

Ogaga tells us that seeing the young people
turning out to be better people after attending his
projects is the most rewarding achievement. One
of the volunteers of his project, has started his
own project in Mathematics, and encourages
young people through motivation and leadership
initiatives.

When asked to give advice for someone willing to
follow his steps as a youth agent for change, he
suggests 'find your passion, focus on it, find a
mentor, pursue his wisdom, and put words
into action. Just keep doing it.'

Students perform a dance at the P.E.A.C.E project.
Students create artworks at the P.E.A.C.E project
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Acting Out for Peace

Youth Empowerment


Renowned French existentialist philosopher and playwright, Jean-Paul Sartre considered the theatre to be beyond
art. For him, it was a vehicle, an effective machine to spread a message.

If you ask over 2 000 children in Nepal what do they consider theatre to be, the answer would prove the
philosopher right. For those Nepalese children, today, theatre means peace.

When we talk about Nepal, it is important to remember that the country is currently at a political transitional point.
Its decade long armed conflict (1996 ÷ 2006) has badly damaged the countries´ infrastructure, with consequences
and repercussions up to date.

One of these consequences is the fact that mutual cooperation among people has been shattered by the recent
conflict. People, especially children do not like to express their views freely.

This is the framework in which Shree Krishna Thapa has worked to bring about peace. Willing to change and
improve the situation in his country, he applied and received a grant from Youth Action for Change though
Forgotten Diaries project. This grant made it possible for him to organise three theatre workshops, each one
followed by a performance, in three community schools.

The theme of the theatre performances was Peace. But peace in its broadest sense, that is by also showing the
invalidity of war. The children were urged not to engage in any violent activity. The message was sent and received
by the youth, who literally turned into actors of change in Nepal.

The general appreciation of the project, alongside with its huge success led Shree to form a group of young people
into a social organization, which remains active. Today they have already worked in 20 schools, while still forming
children theatre groups.

Even though the success of the project is immense, Shree Krishna Thapa points to the lack of resources as one of
the problems his new organization faces. Ìf you can help Shree's organisation please feel free to contact him
through www.spacenepal.org.

Various street and theatre performances from Shree
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Announcements, Awareness Campaigns & Acknowledgements
&
Forgotten Diaries Website Launch

Forgotten Diaries launches its website with new opportunities. Hereinafter youth from forgotten
conflict zones and the global audience have a new space for interaction, a forum section. A newly created
section "Others¨ under country blogs gives the chance to youth from any conflict zone of the world to share
their forgotten stories. Register here and make your voice heard:
http://wip.lenuslab.com/forgottendiaries/wp-login.php?loggedout=true

Join the Forgotten Diaries Yahoogroup (forgottendiaries@yahoogroups.com) and the new
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/pages/Forgotten-Diaries/180851485295546 and
we will always keep you updated.
Call for bloggers

Forgotten Diaries announces a call for young bloggers from Caucasus; East Timor; Ethiopia,
Somalia, Somaliland; Nigeria, Niger Delta; Serbia, Kosovo; Sri Lanka; Turkey Kurdistan; Uganda;
India, Pakistan, as well as from Latin America, new conflict zones in the region to be covered by FD.
Bloggers from any other conflict zone of the world who consider their conflicts forgotten and would like to
raise awareness about them, are also welcome to submit their applications. The selected bloggers will have
the opportunity to report to the world about their life growing up in a country affected by conflicts, while
raising awareness of the issues they face and potentially in the future assisting in raising money from the
international community for community projects in their country. We encourage you to visit the FD website
(www.forgottendiaries.org) and get acquainted with the blogs created by our young participants from
different conflict zones.
Any youth is welcome to join the project, and we will select young people based on their blogging
and writing skills, community commitment, engagement with youth projects, reason for interest in this
project and their ability to commit at least 2 hours per week to the project. Please send your CV and a
writing sample to an.hayrapetyan@yahoo.com, cc-ing to leticia.zenevich@gmail.com by June 25, 2011.

Iorgotten Diaries supports the ´Zero Under J8¨ Campaign



Forgotten Diaries will be actively advocating the 'Zero Under 18' Campaign, which was
launched on the 25
th
of May 2010, by the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-
General for Children and Armed Conflict, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on
Violence against Children, UNICEF and the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights.
This campaign aims to achieve universal ratification of the Optional Protocol to the
Convention on the Rights of the Child and on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict by
2012. It also aims to encourage all states to raise the voluntary recruitment age to a minimum of
18 years. Finally, it intends to raise awareness of state parties' obligation to criminalise the
recruitment and use of children under the age of 18 years in armed conflict.
Forgotten Diaries' work with youth in regions of armed conflict is directly relevant to the
progress and development of the 'Zero under 18' campaign.
For more information on the campaign please visit: http://zerounder18.org/

Forgotten Diaries work acknowledged by British Council

Following the UNAOC Rio forum in May, 2010 where the Forgotten Diaries was granted
the Intercultural Innovation Award handed by British Council as UNAOC partner, Forgotten
Diaries work was acknowledged and granted 5000$ to further the successes of the project in
voicing the youth from forgotten conflict zones and empowering them to bring a positive change
to their communities.

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Forgotten Diaries, finalist at One World Festival
The World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, the largest of its kind in
Europe, is held every year in Prague. It screens documentaries from around the world which
address human rights and puts a spotlight on the role young people play in these issues. This
year, the Best Film Award went to Cuchillo de Palo, (108) (Renate Costa / Spain / 2010), a film
which investigates the life of Rodolfo, persecuted because of his sexual orientation by the
dictatorial regime of President Alfred Stroessner in Paraguay.

Alongside with the documentary competition, this year the Festival also introduced a new section
÷New Media for Social Change. Based on the idea that the effective use of new media,
technologies and social networks is opening up a completely new space for information and
people's stories to be shared and reported. The jury looked for projects which went further than
just producing an attractive website. That is, projects that made full use of the potential of new
communication technologies and facilitated the sharing of information and active public
involvement, which would have been unthinkable or very complicated in the area of traditional
media communication.

A jury composed of experts on new media, communications and technology participated in the
selection of the winning projects.

Forgotten Diaries was selected as one of the finalists in the New Media for Social Change section
competition.

The project Help Map ÷ Russian Fires, which creates a network in order to link the requests for
emergency assistance with citizens providing emergency aid, was the eventual winner.

For more information of the festival please visit: http://www.oneworld.cz/2011/#
Awards & raising awareness
Scene from Best Film: Cuchillo de
Palo
Screenshot of Help Map-Russian Fires
Help Map-Russian Fires accepts award
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About us
New Team Members!

Leticia Zenevich
Participants and Local Initiatives Coordinator

Letícia is a Brazilian Law student. Her interests range from conflict
resolution to gender equality. She has volunteered with women who
suffered from domestic violence in Brazil and has participated in
several UN simulations, as well as moot courts, such as the Jean-
Pictet Competition on International Humanitarian Law.


Tanya Sinha
Editor and Team Assistant

Tanya was born in India and currently lives in Australia. She is currently
studying law, and peace and conflict studies at university. Tanya is also
involved with the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, and actively participates
in their national and local campaigns.

Tanya has participated in the United Nations Youth Association Conference,
where issues such as climate change, Darfur and global poverty were
discussed. This experience helped form Tanya's interest in the role of the law
and human rights in international politics.

Tanya is an activist and has great passion for social and environmental
justice issues relating to human rights and climate change.



Forgotten Diaries at UNAOC Pre-forum in Doha

Forgotten Diaries was invited to participate in the UNAOC
pre-forum consultation meeting with civil society
organizations held in Doha on May 3-4, 2011. Anam Gill,
our volunteer from Pakistan presented the Forgotten
Diaries experience at "Youth at risk: Economic participation
as a first step in fighting exclusion and discrimination¨
session.

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Connecting
FD participants keep their
own 'digital diaries'; blogs
that allow them to share
their stories through stories,
pictures, and videos, and
ultimately, engage in
intercultural dialogue among
themselves and the world at
large
Empowering
Following training courses
offered throughout the pro-
gram, FD provides selected
participants with small grants
to design and implement a
development and peace
building project in their own
community.
Awareness
FD is an online initiative
which aims at shedding light
on the most unreported and
underreported conflicts,
crisis and issues worldwide
by involving those most
affected by these conflicts:
children and young people.
2 1 3

Forgotten Diaries (FD): Shedding light, giving hope!

What is Forgotten Diaries?
INTRODUCTION

Over 100 conflicts and crises
continue around the world today.
Despite the fact that some of these
have been continuing for over ten
years, claiming tens of thousands
of lives, they have received very
little coverage by the mainstream
media. Shunned by the
international community at large,
they have become the world's
'forgotten conflicts'.

Several millions of children and
young people are confronted daily
with war, and have no chance to
share with the world their, hopes,
expectations, and perceptions on
conflicts and their struggle to
survive.

To continue the long-standing
tradition of young people keeping a
diary of their lives and their
struggles in conflicts (as much as
those of Anne Frank and Zlata
Filipovic), the internationally
acclaimed organisation, Youth
Action for Change (YAC) offers a
platform though Forgotten Diaries
to voice their thoughts, feelings and
hopes while bridging a link between
young people from 10 forgotten
conflict zones and those in other
nations.
OUR AIM

Providing young people living in
areas affected by neglected
conflicts with the possibility to make
their voice heard in the media and
through the media, by reporting on
their daily life via an especially
dedicated platform for the
exchange of information and
analysis of critical situations,
expressing their right to peace
while engaging their peers and the
global audience into concrete
actions

OUR MISSION

x Give children and young people
the opportunity and the tools to
report on their daily lives and the
conflicts they live in

x Educate the global audience
about unreported and
underreported conflicts, crisis and
issues while giving them a
chance to get involved through a
host of activities (campaigns,
advocacy efforts and fundraising)

x Encourage the implementation of
youth-led, on-the-ground
activities in the countries and
communities targeted by
'Forgotten Diaries'

TARGET AUDIENCE

Our main target includes children
and young people living in conflict
and post conflict areas, aged 15-
29. We have identified ten of the
most neglected conflicts and crisis
worldwide (including Caucasus;
East Timor; Ethiopia, Somalia and
Somaliland; India and Pakistan;
Nigeria and Niger Delta; Serbia and
Kosovo; Sri Lanka; Turkey and
Kurdistan; and Uganda).

Other than young people and
youth-led organisations coming
from neglected conflict and post-
conflict areas, we also aim to
inspire and involve the wider global
audience, both youths and adult s.

CONTACT DETAILS
www.forgottendairies.org
www.youthactionforchange.org
info@youthactionforchange.org

FD on Youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r
GsUBo521Ls

FD on Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/#!/group.
php?gid=34108484008

FD on I-CNN:
http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-
492683

ISSUE 3 YEAR 2010
About us
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ISSUE 3 YEAR 2010
(ID's Partners & Sponsors)
Awards &
Endorsements

World Youth Summit Award 2010 in
the Category Pursue True

UNAOC, Marketplace of Ideas
2010, Award for Intercultural
Innovation

World Aware Education Award
2009, North-South Center

eContent Award 2008 Italy -
Freedom of Expression award

Takunda Award 2009 - Best
Humanitarian Project

Italian Ministry of Youth

Online Diary



East Timor

x Challenges in the Education
System
x Letter on issuing visas to U.S. in
Dili
x The Dili Village Telco


Ethiopia, Somalia, Somaliland

x Drought-displaced in "tens of
thousands¨
x SOMALIA: Children facing the
worst, says UN
x Women of the Year 2010: Dr.
Hawa Abdi & Her Daughters
x Amnesty International ÷ Somali
refugees in Kenya need protection
not abuse
x Kenya endangering lives of Somali
refugees, says rights group
x Somalis are desperate for a new
life, but refugees face a dangerous
road
x Refugees turn to State for help
x UN calls for humanitarian access
as drought hits Somalia
x MSF calls for medical staff's
freedom of movement to be
respected

Nigeria and Niger Delta
x FD Participant and URI Youth
Ambassador attends Global Youth
Summit in Nairobi, Kenya
x D2DYI Executive Director
Participates as Key Volunteer in
National Election Project.
x Students doing their dance





x Youth Governance &
Democratic Workshop in Aba,
Abia State, Nigeria
x FD Participant attends
Reception of Under Secretary
of State for Democracy and
Global Affairs

India and Pakistan

x Village Situation ÷ Case study
of NooPurShah Islamabad
x Anti-Corruption Day in Pakistan
x 2010 ÷ Year of Drone Attacks
x Media in Pakistan
x Twenty-seven Pakistani
languages may extinct soon
x 54% Pakistanis face 'multi-
dimensional deprivation'

Uganda
x History repeats itself: France
and Uganda

PROJECT TEAM

Selene Biffi
Founder
Anush Hayrapetyan
FD Manager
Silvia Raccagni
Projects Manager (YAC)
Shasheen Jayaweera
Strategy/Development
Manager
Michela Bettinelli Rossi
PR and Communication
Leticia Zenevich
Participants and Local
Initiatives Coordinator
Tanya Sinha
Editor and Team Assistant

The latest headlines from the blogs on the FD website are summarised
below. Detailed messages are available on the FD website.

sport education and the spirit of health. Timor Leste: The Ping Pong for Peace program was actively participated by kids under 18 yrs. the projects have already begun and the first photos and reports from project activities have already been received. Over 100 applications from all over the world were received. As a result a peace-building training manual was developed to be widely used by youth living in conflict zones and wishing to combat violence and intolerance Used sport to help integrate vulnerable youth and street children into society and reduce potential future conflict between communities Distributed cartoon handbills and posters with messages of nonviolence among 500 young people that included former child soldiers. Projects were selected based on their capacity to contribute to a more peaceful future within each community and their potential to bring about real grass roots development.E project . FD would like to thank Art Action for supporting this grants program.Grants Youth-led Project Outcomes As part of its commitment to empowering young people in forgotten conflict zones. Youth Action for Change recently sponsored nine new youth-led. Nigeria: Ogaga presents Peace and culture award winners at the P. young people can be the solution to community peace and development and can bring about a more cohesive and peaceful attitude within communities. they practiced how to play ping pong. 2011 Youth Empowerment . grass-roots peace-building projects through Forgotten Diaries. These grants follow the five projects sponsored as part of the message to policy makers that if empowered. street children and other vulnerable youth in his community Resorted to the universality of art to empower thousands of girls and women focusing on making them aware of the voice they have and its importance for the promotion of peace Used theatre performances involving 2500 youth and spreading the message of peace building among them FD blogger. The nine projects and their outcomes were: Country Pakistan Recipient Gulalai Ismail Project Outcome Co Conducted a Peace Education Workshop with 50 young people from the district of Peshawar to celebrate International Peace Day on 21st September 2010. Nepal: Two children are enjoying cultural music in a scene of peace building theatre performances.A.C. sports and peace to combat violence between gangs in his community reaching over 300 young people directly or indirectly affected by the conflict Used the technique of street drama performances reaching over 9000 participants to reconcile them on the issues of bad practices of caste intimidation East Timor Liberia Ethiopia Nepal Nigeria Jose de Jesus Hans George Belaynesh Abebaw Ashis Himali Ogaga Maxwell Rwanda Colombia Nepal Emmanuel Niyamugabo Lorena Callejas Shree Thapa Less than two months after the grants were disbursed. grant awardee and recently announced ambassador for United Religious Initiative from Nigeria brought together over 200 secondary school student leaders by using art and culture to raise awareness among them on the need for peaceful interreligious co-existence in the Niger Delta area Mobilized more than 2000 young people with physical disabilities in a campaign peace and involving them in the community development in their countries Used artistic expression.E. innovative.Issue 4.

.E project Ogaga´s projects often involve the arts and sports. Not Ogaga. He states that in this project we are merging three things 1.E project. painting 3 Culture. Kofi Annan's visit to Nigeria inspired Ogaga to to take his society's development into his own hands. 2011 Youth Empowerment Ogaga Maxwell inspires agency for change When Kofi Annan appeared on television. find a mentor. I may not have been picked because there would not be proof of work done in the area of Peace building. many people chose to turn the TV off or change the channel. art is universal and Africans are very artistic by nature.A. Ogaga´s nomination as one of the 15 Youth Ambassadors at the United Religious Initiative. then URI is also interested in blogging. Ogaga tells us that seeing the young people turning out to be better people after attending his projects is the most rewarding achievement. Arts with focus on fine arts. Quoting the concept of FD was innovative and I loved the fact that YAC was started small. focus on it. When asked to give advice for someone willing to follow his steps as a youth agent for change. and encourages young people through motivation and leadership initiatives. summing up a rich history that can be rediscovered. While surfing the web. Ogaga recalls bronze arts and the Terracotta arts. Ogaga got to know Youth Action for Change (YAC). who do not yet have all the resource for offices. the relevance of his FD experience to his latest accomplishment was that it re believe that if I had not done both projects sponsored by YAC. staff and whatever is needed for big funders to recognize what we are doing. because we discover that when we focus on Arts and Culture we can reduce tension. One of the volunteers of his project. Peace Education 2. has started his own project in Mathematics. pursue his wisdom.Issue 4. this nomination is only one of the projects Ogaga has in 2011. After the success of Sports for Peace. according to Ogaga the hallmarks of my development work since I started . He founded a youth NGO called "Dare to Dream" which aims to help young people unlock their dreams and help them become a powerful tool for change in society. Ogaga was able to have his project selected for YAC´s grant through Forgotten Diaries project which supported his first project Sports Skills for Peace . provided by YAC] also made me have the needed capacity to embark and develop projects and also I love the idea that after the project we would be assisted to Whilst working with YAC. He firmly believes that participating in the arts can be run parallel with peacemaking. and FD website have provided me with a However. since we were made to know how with little funding YAC grew to where it is now.A. He will now represent Africa as an ambassador for 2011. and put words Students perform a dance at the P. Through YAC. it was an inspiring example for young people like us.C.E.E. According to Ogaga. visiting a country ravaged by war. he suggests ind your passion. It has been. The courses [in project development. alongside another selected youth ambassador from Kenya.C. His work has also led him to another new accomplishment. Ogaga tells us about his expectations for his latest project that has received a grant from YAC [Peace Education. this is also missing in our school curriculum and in Students create artworks at the P. According to him. Arts and Cultural Empowerment]. he got involved with Forgotten Diaries.

with consequences and repercussions up to date. Willing to change and improve the situation in his country. The general appreciation of the project. Various street and theatre performances from Shree . each one followed by a performance. Its decade long armed conflict (1996 2006) has badly damaged the countries´ infrastructure. The children were urged not to engage in any violent activity. theatre means peace. Even though the success of the project is immense.org. When we talk about Nepal. it is important to remember that the country is currently at a political transitional point. But peace in its broadest sense. in three community schools.Issue 4. through www. he applied and received a grant from Youth Action for Change though Forgotten Diaries project. For him. especially children do not like to express their views freely. an effective machine to spread a message. which remains active. 2011 Youth Empowerment Acting Out for Peace   Renowned French existentialist philosopher and playwright. that is by also showing the invalidity of war. Jean-Paul Sartre considered the theatre to be beyond art. The theme of the theatre performances was Peace. If you ask over 2 000 children in Nepal what do they consider theatre to be. Today they have already worked in 20 schools. it was a vehicle. People. Shree Krishna Thapa points to the lack of resources as one of the problems his new organization faces. who literally turned into actors of change in Nepal. This is the framework in which Shree Krishna Thapa has worked to bring about peace. The message was sent and received by the youth. today. while still forming children theatre groups. For those Nepalese children. alongside with its huge success led Shree to form a group of young people into a social organization. One of these consequences is the fact that mutual cooperation among people has been shattered by the recent conflict.spacenepal. This grant made it possible for him to organise three theatre workshops. the answer would prove the philosopher right.

Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children. regions of armed conflict is directly relevant to the For more information on the campaign please visit: http://zerounder18. Pakistan. Kosovo. reason for interest in this project and their ability to commit at least 2 hours per week to the project.lenuslab.com) and the new Facebook page: http://www. A newly created their forgotten stories. Turkey Kurdistan. Uganda. as well as from Latin America.zenevich@gmail. Forgotten Diaries work was acknowledged and granted 5000$ to further the successes of the project in voicing the youth from forgotten conflict zones and empowering them to bring a positive change to their communities.Issue 4. This campaign aims to achieve universal ratification of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child and on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict by 2012.forgottendiaries. 2011 Announcements.php?loggedout=true Join the Forgotten Diaries Yahoogroup (forgottendiaries@yahoogroups. Register here and make your voice heard: http://wip. It also aims to encourage all states to raise the voluntary recruitment age to a minimum of 18 years. Any youth is welcome to join the project.hayrapetyan@yahoo. Serbia. community commitment. UNICEF and the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights. We encourage you to visit the FD website (www. while raising awareness of the issues they face and potentially in the future assisting in raising money from the international community for community projects in their country. launched on the 25th of May 2010. cc-ing to leticia. Please send your CV and a writing sample to an. Sri Lanka. Nigeria. new conflict zones in the region to be covered by FD. Somalia.facebook. Somaliland. Niger Delta. and we will select young people based on their blogging and writing skills.com. 2010 where the Forgotten Diaries was granted the Intercultural Innovation Award handed by British Council as UNAOC partner. Awareness Campaigns & Acknowledgements & Forgotten Diaries Website Launch Forgotten Diaries launches its website with new opportunities. Hereinafter youth from forgotten conflict zones and the global audience have a new space for interaction. East Timor. engagement with youth projects. The selected bloggers will have the opportunity to report to the world about their life growing up in a country affected by conflicts. recruitment and use of children under the age of 18 years in armed conflict. by the United Nations Special Representative of the SecretaryGeneral for Children and Armed Conflict. are also welcome to submit their applications.com by June 25. a forum section. 2011.org/ Forgotten Diaries work acknowledged by British Council Following the UNAOC Rio forum in May.com/forgottendiaries/wp-login. Call for bloggers Forgotten Diaries announces a call for young bloggers from Caucasus.com/?ref=home#!/pages/Forgotten-Diaries/180851485295546 and we will always keep you updated. Ethiopia. India.org) and get acquainted with the blogs created by our young participants from different conflict zones. Bloggers from any other conflict zone of the world who consider their conflicts forgotten and would like to raise awareness about them. .

That is. Alongside with the documentary competition. (108) (Renate Costa / Spain / 2010). This year. The project Help Map Russian Fires. A jury composed of experts on new media. finalist at One World Festival The World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival. a film which investigates the life of Rodolfo. Based on the idea that the effective use of new media. the Best Film Award went to Cuchillo de Palo. was the eventual winner. technologies and social networks is opening up a completely new space for information and looked for projects which went further than just producing an attractive website. persecuted because of his sexual orientation by the dictatorial regime of President Alfred Stroessner in Paraguay. which creates a network in order to link the requests for emergency assistance with citizens providing emergency aid. 2011 Awards & raising awareness Forgotten Diaries.Issue 4. is held every year in Prague. communications and technology participated in the selection of the winning projects. the largest of its kind in Europe.oneworld. projects that made full use of the potential of new communication technologies and facilitated the sharing of information and active public involvement. which would have been unthinkable or very complicated in the area of traditional media communication. It screens documentaries from around the world which address human rights and puts a spotlight on the role young people play in these issues. For more information of the festival please visit: http://www. Forgotten Diaries was selected as one of the finalists in the New Media for Social Change section competition. this year the Festival also introduced a new section New Media for Social Change.cz/2011/# Scene from Best Film: Cuchillo de Palo Help Map-Russian Fires accepts award Screenshot of Help Map-Russian Fires .

our volunteer from Pakistan presented the Forgotten Diaries experience a session. . She has volunteered with women who suffered from domestic violence in Brazil and has participated in several UN simulations. 2011. Darfur and global poverty were and human rights in international politics.Issue 4. where issues such as climate change. and actively participates in their national and local campaigns. Tanya has participated in the United Nations Youth Association Conference. 2011 Forgotten Diaries at UNAOC Pre-forum in Doha Forgotten Diaries was invited to participate in the UNAOC pre-forum consultation meeting with civil society organizations held in Doha on May 3-4. Her interests range from conflict resolution to gender equality. About us New Team Members! Leticia Zenevich Participants and Local Initiatives Coordinator Letícia is a Brazilian Law student. She is currently studying law. and peace and conflict studies at university. Tanya Sinha Editor and Team Assistant Tanya was born in India and currently lives in Australia. such as the JeanPictet Competition on International Humanitarian Law. Tanya is also involved with the Australian Youth Climate Coalition. Tanya is an activist and has great passion for social and environmental justice issues relating to human rights and climate change. as well as moot courts. Anam Gill.

Turkey and Kurdistan. claiming tens of thousands of lives. giving hope! Awareness FD is an online initiative which aims at shedding light on the most unreported and underreported conflicts. on-the-ground activities in the countries and communities targeted by TARGET AUDIENCE Our main target includes children and young people living in conflict and post conflict areas. and ultimately. we also aim to inspire and involve the wider global audience. blogs that allow them to share their stories through stories. Ethiopia. OUR AIM Providing young people living in areas affected by neglected conflicts with the possibility to make their voice heard in the media and through the media.youthactionforchange. Sri Lanka.org info@youthactionforchange. engage in intercultural dialogue among themselves and the world at large Empowering ISSUE courses Following training3 YEAR 2010 offered throughout the program. they have become 'forgotten conflicts'. East Timor. and have no chance to share with the world their. CONTACT DETAILS www.com/#!/group. feelings and hopes while bridging a link between young people from 10 forgotten conflict zones and those in other nations. they have received very little coverage by the mainstream media.youtube.facebook. both youths and adult s. and perceptions on conflicts and their struggle to survive. Several millions of children and young people are confronted daily with war. crisis and issues while giving them a chance to get involved through a host of activities (campaigns.org FD on Youtube: http://www. Serbia and Kosovo. India and Pakistan. 2011 About us   Forgotten Diaries (FD): Shedding light.org www. by reporting on their daily life via an especially dedicated platform for the exchange of information and analysis of critical situations. and videos. Despite the fact that some of these have been continuing for over ten years. We have identified ten of the most neglected conflicts and crisis worldwide (including Caucasus. advocacy efforts and fundraising) Encourage the implementation of youth-led. To continue the long-standing tradition of young people keeping a diary of their lives and their struggles in conflicts (as much as those of Anne Frank and Zlata Filipovic).cnn. Nigeria and Niger Delta. Connecting FD participants keep their own 'digital diaries'. Youth Action for Change (YAC) offers a platform though Forgotten Diaries to voice their thoughts. and Uganda). 1 2 3 What is Forgotten Diaries? INTRODUCTION Over 100 conflicts and crises continue around the world today. Other than young people and youth-led organisations coming from neglected conflict and postconflict areas. aged 1529.com/watch?v=r GsUBo521Ls FD on Facebook: http://www. Shunned by the international community at large. hopes. expectations. crisis and issues worldwide by involving those most affected by these conflicts: children and young people. php?gid=34108484008 FD on I-CNN: http://ireport. the internationally acclaimed organisation. Somalia and Somaliland. FD provides selected participants with small grants to design and implement a development and peace building project in their own community. pictures.Issue 4.com/docs/DOC492683 .forgottendairies. expressing their right to peace while engaging their peers and the global audience into concrete actions OUR MISSION Give children and young people the opportunity and the tools to report on their daily lives and the conflicts they live in Educate the global audience about unreported and underreported conflicts.

Hawa Abdi & Her Daughters Amnesty International Somali refugees in Kenya need protection not abuse Kenya endangering lives of Somali refugees. Award for Intercultural Innovation World Aware Education Award 2009. Kenya Youth Governance & Democratic Workshop in Aba. Awards & Endorsements East Timor Challenges in the Education System Letter on issuing visas to U. but refugees face a dangerous road Refugees turn to State for help UN calls for humanitarian access as drought hits Somalia freedom of movement to be respected Nigeria and Niger Delta FD Participant and URI Youth Ambassador attends Global Youth Summit in Nairobi. Students doing their dance     . North-South Center eContent Award 2008 Italy Freedom of Expression award PROJECT TEAM Selene Biffi Founder Anush Hayrapetyan FD Manager Silvia Raccagni Projects Manager (YAC) Shasheen Jayaweera Strategy/Development Manager Michela Bettinelli Rossi PR and Communication Leticia Zenevich Participants and Local Initiatives Coordinator Tanya Sinha Editor and Team Assistant Takunda Award 2009 . Abia State. in Dili The Dili Village Telco Ethiopia. 2011 ISSUE 3 YEAR 2010 Online Diary The latest headlines from the blogs on the FD website are summarised below. Detailed messages are available on the FD website. Somaliland DroughtSOMALIA: Children facing the worst.Issue 4. says UN Women of the Year 2010: Dr. Marketplace of Ideas 2010. says rights group Somalis are desperate for a new life.S. Nigeria FD Participant attends Reception of Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs India and Pakistan Village Situation Case study of NooPurShah Islamabad Anti-Corruption Day in Pakistan 2010 Year of Drone Attacks Media in Pakistan Twenty-seven Pakistani languages may extinct soon Uganda History repeats itself: France and Uganda World Youth Summit Award 2010 in the Category Pursue True UNAOC. Somalia.Best Humanitarian Project     Italian Ministry of Youth   D2DYI Executive Director Participates as Key Volunteer in National Election Project.