In Nigeria, Mission 21 focuses its efforts on promoting peace and for securing the basis of life. Mission 21 supports the population through numerous projects aimed at improving education and healthcare. Great emphasis is also placed on food sovereignty as well as emergency aid.
Our focus on peace promotion and securing the basis of life is due to the situation in the country: the jihadist militia Boko Haram has caused unspeakable suffering in the north-east of Nigeria through years of terror. Enormous social and economic damage has been inflicted. The crisis has claimed well over 40,000 victims to date. About 2.5 million people from northern Nigeria were internally displaced according to UNHCR.
Peace is distroyed
More than 2.5 million people have been driven from their homes and have been on the run inside the country, sometimes for many years.
The Nigerian armed forces drove the Boko Haram terrorist militia back to some extent in 2015. Many people have returned to their homes again, often only to find that they are left with nothing. Houses and infrastructure have been destroyed; stocks and supplies have vanished. Mistrust prevails among the religious groups and many people are traumatized.
Aid for displaced persons
Mission 21 joins with the EYN (its partner church) and other partner organisations to support refugees with the bare necessities for survival and the returning families in rebuilding infrastructure and livehoods. Trauma work plays an important part here. Psychosocial support for traumatized individuals is a field of work that is tackled by only a few of the organisations involved. Services to meet the enormous demand for assistance are in very short supply. The conflict is having a particularly severe impact on women and children, and Mission 21 accords high priority to supporting these groups.
The conflict region in northeast Nigeria is the home of the partner church EYN. Over 8000 of its members have died in the terror of militant groups. Nevertheless the members continue the promotion of peace. The partner church is anchored and accepted in the region - an important prerequisite for becoming active in the complex situation.
Dialogue between Christians and Muslims
Mission 21's partner organisations work with people regardless of their origins, ethnicities and religions. Interfaith dialogue is a crucial factor in promoting peace. Peace work activities include numerous opportunities for encounters between individuals from different religious communities.
The northeast of Nigeria is characterized by a long dry season, soil erosion and decreasing soil fertility. Due to attacks by Boko Haram, hundreds of thousands of families have had to leave their fields fallow, which has massively worsened the supply situation in the region. In addition, climate change and unsustainable use of natural resources make it difficult to practice high-yield agriculture. The partner organizations of Mission 21 are countering this by training small farmers in environmental protection and sustainable agriculture. In addition, they offer further training to help them find a way out of poverty.
Education for young adults and women
Lifeline Compassionate Global Initiatives (LCGI), an interfaith NGO, is another of Mission 21's partner organisations in Nigeria. LCGI promotes access to education and vocational training for young adults and women. In addition, this organisation offers interest-free loans and craftman training to provide support for young adults and women impacted by various conflict. The partner church EYN is also very committed to improving educational opportunities.
Healthcare is another area where the church is at work: Nigeria has the continent's largest number of people living with HIV. Our partner church is working to reduce the number of new infections and to improve living conditions for people with HIV.