We work in Nigeria and the Mano River region, developing community-led peacebuilding initiatives which put the people most affected by conflicts at the center of efforts to resolve them.
As COVID-19 takes hold in the UK and elsewhere, we’re being asked to put our faith in our government, our health officials and security services. To put our lives on hold, to stay at home, and to trust that this is the best way to slow the spread of the disease. It’s hard to overstate how important this trust is, because in West Africa we experienced what happens when this trust isn’t there – and just how vital local peacebuilders are for building a bridge between communities and government institutions.
Boko Haram began like many other Islamic movements - geared towards promoting religious values. Their vision of building an Islamic State, and replacing the existing Government that they see as corrupt and ineffective, was attractive to many. They quickly established a system of leadership that was capable of recruiting and retaining members, as well as combatants.
This is the story of Bossou, a village in Forest Guinea at the very epicentre of the deadly Ebola outbreak.
The Ebola epidemic that struck West Africa three years ago impacted every section of society, but it was often women who were most affected by the tensions and conflict that the epidemic caused.
In September, ten peacebuilders travelled from Kenya to West Africa to learn from each other’s challenges and successes, to help them build more peaceful and inclusive societies. In this film, they share what they learnt.
In August 2014 the World Health Organisation declared Ebola a ‘global health emergency’. Two years on, the health crisis has passed but the epidemic caused social divisions and tensions that are still having repercussions today.
For decades the border regions of the Mano River region countries have been prone to instability and insecurity. Conciliation Resources and our national NGO partners have been working for the past eight years to help alleviate these tensions at a local level.