Exploring Youth Involvement in Peace Building: The Case of Mandi Town, West Wallaga Zone, Oromia National Regional State

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Benti Mekonen Abdisa, Girma Dinagde Bekuma

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The purpose of this study is to explore youth involvement in peace building in selected districts of Mandi town in Oromia National Regional state. Simple descriptive research design was used for the study. Accordingly 79 respondents, 21 interviewees and 12 discussants were selected from 105 study population. Quantitative and qualitative data were collected through the questionnaire, interview and FGD. The collected data were analyzed by using descriptive statistical and thematic analysis. The results of the study naked that the youths in Mandi town pinpointed as they have the capability to build peace in their areas. The findings signpost that the youth in the study area play countless roles in peace building. They are open-minded, vigorous, prominent, decision maker, and involved in peace building practices regardless of age, gender, and religion. Therefore, numerous arguments were suggested based on the major findings of the study.    

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