Nothing for us, without us: African Youth Leaders commit to Disaster Risk Reduction goals onboard Peace Boat
In a small room on Deck 6 of the Ocean Dream, youth leaders from four African countries hashed out a strategy for disaster risk reduction (DRR) on their continent as part of a collaborative project between the Peace Boat Disaster Relief Volunteer Center (PBV) and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR.)
The project, which took place over three days at sea between Maputo and Cape Town, brought together Fetra Rakotondrasoava and Myriam Vololonarivo from Madagascar, Felix Luis Carlos and Fernando Mussane from Mozambique, and Sabelo Mnukwa and Lalumbe Makuya from South Africa, all of whom had been selected by UNISDR on the basis of their DRR work in their respective countries. They were joined by two United Nations related guests from Kenya, Isabel Njihia and Raphael Obonyo.
“In Madagascar, there are many disaster action plans, and there is a national office for disaster, but there are no youth who participate in the processes,” said 24-year-old Rakotondrasoava, a journalist from Antananarivo.