Responsible Church Partnerships
Tel. 061 260 23 37
Project Number: 162.1007
Peace work in Nigeria is needed more urgently than ever. Terror by the Islamist organization Boko Haram in the northeast and violent conflicts between various religious groups in central Nigeria have brought suffering to millions of people and permanently disrupted the relationship between Christians and Muslims throughout the country. For this reason, Mission 21 and its partners are driving peacebuilding through the development of interfaith dialogue forums, awareness campaigns, interfaith vocational training, psychosocial accompaniment for victims of conflict, and peacebuilding training.
Since 2009, the Islamist terrorist organization Boko Haram has been terrorizing northeastern Nigeria with violent attacks, kidnappings and bombings. In addition, violent clashes between Fulani militants and sedentary farmers in central Nigeria, which have been going on since the 1990s, continue to flare up. These two sources of conflict have had a massive impact on the relationship between Christians and Muslims throughout the country. In the course of the conflicts, many people have lost friends and family members or even experienced violence themselves and are traumatized. The anger over what has happened, the insecurity and the mistrust among the population toward other ethnic and religious groups are correspondingly great. The situation is further exacerbated by the poor economic situation and political power struggles in the country. Under these challenging circumstances, Mission 21 and its partners promote dialogue between people of different religious and ethnic backgrounds in order to facilitate peaceful coexistence. It also trains the population in conflict prevention and non-violent conflict management. It supports conflict-affected and traumatized people, especially young people and widowed women, by providing vocational training in religiously and ethnically mixed groups and psychosocial support.
In 2021, interfaith groups of youths and widows, a total of 78 people who were victims of the violent clashes in Plateau State, were able to attend training together, during which they were sensitized on peaceful coexistence between different ethnic and religious groups. In October 2021, another one-month course was also held at the Peace Training Centre (PTC) in Jos for peace builders and bridge builders. As part of the newly launched "Restorative Justice" initiative, a conference was organized and key persons from the judiciary and administration as well as from various peacebuilding organizations were brought together to jointly find a way out of the spiral of violence in Plateau State.
Evangelical Mission Basel
PO Box 270
Mission road 21
4009 Basel, Switzerland
Tel.: +41 (0)61 260 21 20
IBAN: CH58 0900 0000 4072 6233 2
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Mission 21 e.V.
Phone +49 (0)7624 208 48 69
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