Who we are
K-Project for Peace is an international campaign led by young African activists with a vision to see Africa Free of Uranium mining, and the World Free of nuclear weapons. This campaign is led by medical students, young doctors and young environmentalists from IPPNW-Africa, joining peace activists from other IPPNW affiliates, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, Uranium Network and other partners.
Where it all started…
K-Project for Peace started as an appeal by Racheal Chagonja, 25 year old student environmental and peace activist from Tanzania, when she saw the devastating effects of uranium mining (U-mining) to the environment, health, and rights of indigenous people in other African countries like Niger and Mali. She did not want to see this happen to her country Tanzania, a potential future U-Mining country and sensed the urgency to halt U-mining in active sites and stop potential future U-mining sites in other African countries like Tanzania. Racheal reached out to like-minded civil society organizations in Africa to join her.
K-Project for Peace has since grown from an appeal to an international campaign led by young African activists and bringing on board other young activists from all over the world with a vision to see ‘Africa Free of Uranium Mining, and the World Free of Nuclear Weapons’. If you are wondering, Uranium is the raw material used to manufacture nuclear weapons, the most dangerous weapons known to man, the explosion of which would put TWO BILLION lives at risk.
This was a ‘first of its kind’ campaign from Africa. From 30th June to 4th July, 2015, 30 young activists, climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro (hence K-Project), the highest free standing mountain in the world to demonstrate that its possible to achieve such a high goal- and to reach it soon- a nuclear free planet and halt Uranium mining in THIS GENERATION.
We are also organized the ‘1st K-Project for Peace Conference’ that brought together 100 people representing civil society organizations that addressed issues of Uranium mining to create a ‘Network of Young U-BAN Campaign Activists’ that continued to advocate for the ban on Uranium mining post-Kilimanjaro climb.
K-Project for Peace seeks to raise public awareness in Africa on the catastrophic and humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons, and the damaging effects of uranium mining.
Africa, a large 54 state continent with 1 billion people, demonstrated its leadership on nuclear disarmament by eliminating all nuclear weapons from its territories and declaring itself a nuclear weapon free zone through the Treaty of Pelindaba in 1996. This was bold and noble at the time. Africa should dare to take the next bold step to free itself from uranium mining, this uranium mined in Africa that finds itself in many of the 17,000 nuclear weapons at large; and with this freedom finally declare itself truly nuclear free showing the way towards a world free of nuclear weapons.
Governments were unanimous that a world free from nuclear weapons was necessary. But they were uncertain on how to get there. US statesmen said that the goal of a nuclear weapon free world was like the top of a very tall mountain…the climb is difficult and the top cannot be seen. To demonstrate that it’s possible to reach such a high goal – and to reach it soon –K-Project for Peace invited fellow peace activists from around the world to join us in climbing the highest free-standing mountain in the world: Mt Kilimanjaro. It was time for the people of Africa to elevate the global campaign against the catastrophic humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons. It is simply unacceptable that a small group of nations continued to put global health and human civilization at risk. It was critical that the people of Africa raised a collective voice against the continued possession of some 17,000 nuclear weapons. It was also time to address the damaging and dangerous effects of uranium mining in Africa, and recognize it as a potential disaster. For better understanding of the impact of uranium mining click here to watch the video.
End in Mind
We hope K-Project for Peace will achieve three things: