Later on, Mohamed and family fled to Kenya and settled in Dadaab camp with his parents. He is now the primary provider for his parents and siblings as well as his young wife, by doing odd jobs.
While having a chat with friends at a social place at the camp market, he got to learn about Engaging Men in Accountable Practices (EMAP) program through the awareness that a Danish Refugee Council (DRC) community staff was conducting nearby, and so he volunteered to be part of the program.
Mohammed said he gained a lot of knowledge and skills through his engagement in the EMAP program with other men, that transformed his way of living and relationship with his mother, wife, and siblings.
Mohammed’s favorite topics during the EMAP program he facilitates as a peer youth educator are; changing behavior, gender roles and responsibilities, taking responsibility and healthy relationships.
He confesses coming into the program, he had misconceptions and very little knowledge on issues concerning the topics and it was an eye opener for him to discover that some cultural practices are harmful to women and girls.
According to Mohammed, the men engaged in the EMAP program gained skills and knowledge and are using that to advise other men to shun away from harmful traditional practices like intimate partner violence, female genital mutilation, child/forced marriage and so far, their peers are listening to them because they have facts to support their arguments, thanks to the EMAP sessions.