||Posted: Jan. 09 2006,08:38
CPNN has received the following message from Marcel in Africa:
My name is Marcel Niyungi Bin Yungi, I am an artist peacemaker based in Nairobi, in Kenya. I use comics to promote a culture of peace. Some of my works can be found online at www.peace.ca/marcelscomicstrips.htm. Currently, I am publishing a bimonthly comic series for young people entitled "The Adventures of Kialu for Peace" (please find below a brief summary and attached an advert).
I am writing to inquire about CPNN and would like to be part of it.
I thank you in advance for your cooperation and look forward to hearing from you.
ABOUT THE ADVENTURES OF KIALU FOR PEACE
When we listen to the news, read the newspapers... a day doesn't pass without violence or a threat of violence. Our daily life is full of fear of harm; violencwe has escalated, it is everywhere: at home, at work places, at schools, on the streets,etc in every continent.
The solution to bring about and maintain a peaceful world lies in our hands, in our willingness and commitment to do what is good and peaceful to ourselves, to others and to the environment.
The Adventures of Kialu for Peace are a non-commercial, apolitical bi-monthly comic series, published by Jipa Moyo COMICS (jipa moyo is Kiswahili for take courage),whose objective is to promote a culture of peace.
2.TARGET GROUP: Young people.
3.THE COMIC SERIES
The Adventures of Kialu for peace are an ongoing serial publication. Each series focuses on a particular form of violence, abuse, depravity, anti-social behavior, environmental deterioration,etc. They are not only educational but also entertaining.
4.KIALU, THE HEROINE
4.1.WHO IS SHE?
Kialu is a brave girl from a small village in Africa who is serving humanity through her good deeds by the help of three powers contained in a magic stick that she acquired from an old woman.
4.2.WHY THE NAME OF KIALU?
The name "Kialu" has its origin from Bambole Kingdom, one of the vast Kingdoms in history of Africa. The people of that kingdom believed in the powers of six goddesses; one of them being Kialu, the goddess of love and freedom, who was the dearest one. Whenever there were fighting and war, the king
invoked her spirit to bring about peace in the kingdom.
4.3.HER PERSONALITY TRAITS
She is pretty, cheerful and enthusiastic. Her hairstyle is unique and simple, that makes her noticeable. She is always on her white dress and most of the time holding her magic stick.
4.4.HOW DID SHE ACQUIRE THE MAGIC STICK?
Kialu, among many other girls and boys were abducted by rebels at war who invaded their village on day. They took them far away in the forest... but Kialu succeeded to escape. Alone in the midst of the forest, she came across a very old woman who gave her three powers contained in a magic stick. The three powers are as follows:
(1) the ability to fly like a bird, (2) the ability to talk into people's mind and (3) the ability to wreck guns and all manner of weapons of war.
NB: These powers work only with Kialu and only when
she holds or touches her magic stick.
4.5.IS SHE PERFECT?
No, she is not perfect. She is subject to mistakes, temptations...like everybody; but she is humble, everytime she makes a mistake, she learns from it and tries to do her best next time.
4.6.WITH WHOM DOES SHE INTERACT?
Kialu interacts with people of all ages, colors, languages, cultures,etc. She will travel across the world promoting a culture of peace.
5.THE CREATOR OF KIALU
Marcel Niyungi Bin Yungi (Marcel Bin his pen name) is the creator of kialu. He is a former child-soldier, orphaned in the war in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Marcel was forced to join an armed group and used as a spy, porter and sentry. He was traumatized by the magnitude of atrocities he witnessed. On his attempt to escape, he was caught and sentenced to death. By God's grace through a real life good
samaritan's efforts, he was able to flee and arrived in Nairobi, in Kenya and placed in a rehabilitation center where he learnt English, came to terms with his situation and continue with his education. While at the college, Marcel came to realize that it is indeed the whole world which is beset by violence and promptly decided to become a peacemaker.
It is amazing, his arm, that once wielded a rifle, is good at cartooning. He chose cartoon as his vehicle to promote peace thus he created Kialu and founded The Adventures of Kialu for Peace.
The Adventures of Kialu for Peace are NOT FOR SALER.
They are distributed in print and electronic forms
(widely distributed) to schools, youth clubs, NGOs,
peer counselling clubs, religious groups, individuals
around the world.
To subscribe to the electronic version email us at
7.PLEASE SUPPORT OUR WORK
We welcome donations and/or practical support for
our ongoing publication. For any donation please
contact ELIZABETH MWENDE KAULI who is the
secretary-treasurer of The Adventures of Kialu for
Peace at the address below.
THE ADVENTURES OF KIALU FOR PEACE
TEL: +254-0720-848 260