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Kenya was rocked by post-election violence in 2007, when armed groups of young people stirred up by local politicians killed more than 1,500 people across the country.

For the past two years, Mercy Corps has been working with the government and thousands of youth groups to build a grassroots movement to choose peace in the build-up to the next presidential vote on March 4, 2013.

Yes Youth Can engages Kenyan youth in community outreach and small business creation, empowering them to transform their lives and their country. They are actively involved in finding productive solutions to the issues they face.

Political and social efforts to calm inter-ethnic tensions were put to the test during the election, but the efforts of these young people laid the foundation for a peaceful turnout. As the country moves forward, they are at the forefront of keeping the peace and will continue leading the way for effective progress in Kenya.

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