Victor Ochen

Peace Activist & Youth Advocate

Victor is the youngest ever African to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. He was born into a family of 10 children in Uganda amidst violent conflict that displaced over 3 million people, and that saw more than 60,000 children abducted and forcefully recruited as child-soldiers, including his own brother. He spent his childhood in refugee camps. In 2005 he founded the African Youth Initiative Network (AYINET), a human rights organisation that provides practical support for people devastated by conflict, that seeks to engage people and communities in the transitional justice process, and empowers and trains youth in leadership skills. AYINET has provided reconstructive medical repair to over 21,000 victims of rape, mutilation and other violence caused by war.

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