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We are excited to announce the start of an ambitious and transformative game project aimed at bringing the often-overlooked history of resistance to slavery along the Swahili coast into the spotlight. Through the community-driven co-designing of an interactive game, we aim to foster a deeper understanding of this crucial part of our history among the youth from key coastal areas.

This project aspires to become a model of community-driven co-creation in the digital preservation of historical pasts and legacies, with the ultimate goal of being used in schools and museums across Kenya, East Africa, and potentially the world.

Unveiling Untold Histories

Educational Objective

Our primary goal is to provide a comprehensive understanding of the histories of resistance against the slave trade in Kenya’s history. The game will delve into the importance of maroon communities—those who escaped slavery and founded independent settlements—and their lasting legacies on the East African coast. By fostering awareness and empathy, we hope to inspire the contemporary fight for human rights in Kenya and beyond.

Cultural Awareness

Our game will showcase how the enslaved of diverse cultural background used multiple venues of emancipation to establish free communities. This cultural tapestry of resistance will be an integral part of the game’s narrative, enriching players’ understanding of the region’s history.

Empathy Building

By immersing players in the struggles and triumphs of the resilient people who fought slavery, we aim to promote a deeper understanding of human resilience in the face of crimes against humanity.

Critical Thinking

The game will present ethical dilemmas and the complexities surrounding resistance and resilience, stimulating critical thinking. Players will be prompted to reflect on how human beings rebuild communities in the face of severe adversities, fostering a nuanced understanding of history and its implications for today.

Preserving and Diffusing Crucial Knowledge

This project is not just about preserving history; it is about increasing and diffusing crucial knowledge to promote peace and social cohesion. By reinforcing cooperation among international academic and non-academic partners, as encouraged by the Constitution of the UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, we aim to create a global impact.

Empowering the Next Generation

Our target audience is primarily the younger generation. By engaging them in this interactive and educational journey, we hope to develop their skills and knowledge of the history of slavery and resistance in the region. Understanding the Swahili slave trade and its legacies will empower them to support the fight against modern slavery, advocate for human rights, and combat discrimination, ultimately changing mentalities and fostering a more just society.

A Collective Effort for a Brighter Future

This project is a collaborative effort, driven by the passion and dedication of young locals and researchers. It is a testament to the power of community-driven initiatives in preserving and celebrating our shared history. As we embark on this journey, we extend our heartfelt thanks to our key partners: the University of London SOAS, Pwani University, and UNESCO. Their invaluable support and collaboration have made this project possible. Together, we can ensure that these stories are not forgotten but are celebrated and learned from for generations to come.

Stay tuned for updates as we progress in the development of this groundbreaking game and exhibition. Your support and engagement are vital to the success of this project, and we look forward to sharing this journey with you.

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