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An Interview with Edgar Manuel Vargas Gallegos

by Gordon Nary

Gordon: What are your responsibilities at our Lady of Guadalupe Pariah in Nairobi, Kenya

Edgar: I am in charge of the youth group in Makina, Kibera, and give them a holistic formation.

Gordon: How many people does your parish serve?

Edgar: About 10 thousand people I estimate. I am not sure

Gordon: What are some of the primary challenges affecting young people in Kenya?

Edgar: There many problems that we can consider, is that many young people live in the poverty because of lack of sources of job, some of them have interested be on drugs, and lack off serious relationships, we are living kind of life where the sex has become a part of the normal life, many of the use to have sex as something normal, where is not love just pleasure, but the poverty has made the ladies look for a sponsor, they should be elder people or foreigner people, there more problems, but I want to put emphasis on this.

Gordon: You have some experience in conflict resolution. Please provide an overview of some of the challenges that you have addressed

Edgar: I have faced many problems, in special among some gangs, or misunderstandings with the people, some years ago I used to address the problem of teenagers, I started a group special of them we did many activities to involve them, like seminars about justice and peace. And activities like promoting sports.

Gordon: Please share with our readers some an overview of your studies at the Hekima Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations

Edgar: it is a good institution where I am studying religion right now because of it the most important subject to help address the dignity of our people.

Gordon: May God continue to bless and inspire you in your important work.

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