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YALI: Big Topic Video on Peace and Regional Security

07 October 2014

This video was produced by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Information Programs in September 2014. Speakers include a number of the 2014 YALI Fellows.

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[TEXT: YALI Network

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We asked the YALI Network to share
thoughts and ideas on some big topics.

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Here is just a little of what you said.]

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[YALI Fellow] We’re living in a global village.

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The age where you can isolate yourself behind a fortress is gone.

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[YALI Fellow] We all have different histories,

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but we are bonded by the fact that Africa has great potential,

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that young people have great potential.

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[YALI Fellow] And if you’re thinking about tomorrow,

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then involve the youth because we are the leaders of tomorrow.

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[TEXT: YALI Network

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What challenges does Africa face regarding
peace and regional security?]

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[YALI Fellow] One of the challenges with peacekeeping
and security in Africa

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is the challenge of securing our borders.

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[YALI Fellow] People fighting for power, fighting for resources,
fighting for jobs.

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[YALI Fellow] There seems to be an obstacle to the idea of saying,
“We need help,”

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especially when it comes to issues of peace and conflict.

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[YALI Fellow] Africa’s best resource, which is the young people,

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is what is being used in terms of conflict —

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used as foot soldiers to go and fight these wars.

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[YALI Fellow] I think it’s a lack of opportunities that allow youth
to be swept up by terrorists, by social unrest.

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[YALI Fellow] Unemployment is what is the cause
of a lot of the violence.

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[YALI Fellow] Of all the challenges, we decided to address
fostering African unity.

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[YALI Fellow] One of the prerequisites would be developing
infrastructure that would connect

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different regions to foster trade.

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[YALI Fellow] We can ease visa regulations and restrictions.

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We can make it easier to do business.
We can sign bilateral agreements.

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[YALI Fellow] There needs to be concrete steps that are taken by
African states in addressing youth unemployment,

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illiteracy in African states.

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[YALI Network] Job creation is through education.

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[TEXT: YALI Network

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... our school curricula need to be tailored
to include programs that promote

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peace and reconciliation at the same time teaching diversity.
— YALI Network Member on Facebook]

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[YALI Fellow] Think about the possibilities that are endless if

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you take that energy that comes naturally with being a young person

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and direct it in a positive direction.

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[YALI Fellow] The youth are a part of the solution,

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and it’s very, very important to involve, to engage the youth
in the decisionmaking process at all levels.

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[YALI Fellow] It would be good to have a common vision
for the continent as a whole.

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[YALI Fellow] Moving from policy to actual implementation.

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[YALI Fellow] We live in a more and more integrated planet

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and we, as a continent, need to work together cooperatively.

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[YALI Fellow] What Africa do we want our children to come into?

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If we are going to live in a prosperous Africa,
an Africa of our dreams,

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it’s very important that we play our part ensuring
that peace wins as young people.

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[TEXT: YALI Network

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All African countries must come together as one because
united we stand and divided we fall.

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— YALI Network Member on Twitter]

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[TEXT: YALI Network]