n Ubuntu : Journal of Conflict and Social Transformation - Editorial Note

Volume 4, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 2078-760X
  • E-ISSN: 2050-4950


Ubuntu : Journal of Conflict and Social Transformation seeks to advance knowledge and understanding of the notion of Ubuntu which speaks to the idea of humanness. The first half of 2015 jolted African scholars, politicians, the clergy and leaders from all walks of life to stand and be counted among those against the sort of in-humanness that we sometimes observe Africans meting out on fellow Africans. In April of 2015, close to 150 students of Garissa University in Kenya were massacred by Al Shabab terrorists. The ringleader of the atrocious attack was a law graduate. The terror attack on Garissa University Students was no different from previous attacks in Kenya where non-Muslims were singled out for execution. Though based in Somalia, Al Shabab recruits young sympathisers from the mainly Muslim communities in Kenya. With terrorist groups like Al Shabab and Boko Haram butchering civilians in cold blood, the question onevery right thinking African is : "where then is our humanness". Terrorist groups have a political agenda but, their modus operandi and trump card includes the mass murder of innocent civilians in the name of religion.

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