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Javan is a young artivist from the low-income suburbs of Nairobi. As a youth who has watched his friends lose their lives at the hands of police, Javan uses creative expressions like music and poetry as advocacy tools to speak up about extrajudicial killings and other rights violations. According to Missing Voices, a consortium of organisations working towards the end of enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings in Kenya, people have been killed by the police or disappeared in the year alone. Like many young people in the informal settlements, Javan has to navigate the sad reality of young people being the most targeted by the police, especially in the informal settlements.
When I was growing up, I saw so many injustices. With this sombre state of affairs, Javan started to reflect and engage his fellow youth on how they could change the narrative. Javan advocacy efforts have been mainly centred on community organising, focusing on rights awareness and advocacy around issues affecting them. This vibrant pool brings together over Dandora crime free group and non-conscious artists from diverse genres such as visual arts, poetry, photography, videography, and community theatres spread all over the Justice Centres.
You are not a law enforcer; you are a killer breed! It gives me great joy to see youth who would have otherwise been subjected to a life of crime, now using art to inspire change in the community. In speaking truth to power through such fiery piece like Killer Breed, Javan takes substantial personal risk. He has faced countless threats and intimidations.
One of the challenges that Javan highlights is the demonisation of activists by politicians or people with vested interests. This demonisation has affected how communities perceive these activists. Javan has had to defend himself many times that by defending the rights of suspected youths, that does not Dandora crime free group he supports crime.
In the face of these obstacles, one wonders how activists like Javan keep forging forward. For Javan, it is the fulfilment of knowing that he does the right things that change the community. Being part of artists who are using art to create social change gives me a lot of fulfilment. Wajibu Wetu Programme has collaborated with Javan for a long time in several strategic ways.
One of these was a support grant to one of the organisations in Dandora that a creative hub using music to address social injustices. Importantly, Wajibu Wetu has been at the forefront in highlighting and creating a platform for learning and sharing empowering stories of change from grassroots changemakers like Javan. Highlighting and celebrating these grassroots activists goes a long way in not only acknowledging their contributions and inspiring the next caucus changemakers.
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