Nigeria, Peace promotion

Interfaith peace work in Nigeria

Number: 162.1007

Peace work in Nigeria is confronted with exceptional challenges, and it is more urgently needed than ever before. People have been forced to flee in their hundreds of thousands due to the violence perpetrated by Boko Haram, the Islamist terror organisation. It seems that relations between the religions will remain disrupted for a long time to come. Nigeria's desperate economic situation and the ongoing struggles for political power suggest that the conflict is unlikely to be resolved very soon. Under these difficult conditions, the Church of the Brethren, Nigeria (EYN), Mission 21's partner church, joins with Lifeline Compassionate Global Initiatives (LCGI) and other players in efforts to promote peace between Christians and Muslims, and to provide care for the victims of violence.

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• Developing forums for Christian-Muslim dialogue with activities that promote peace and build bridges between the social groups

• Establishing interfaith peace clubs and placing mediators in public-sector schools

• Providing interfaith vocational training, and establishing interfaith and interethnic self-help groups

• Offering training on non-violent conflict resolution for religious leaders and peace workers

• Providing psychosocial support for victims of violence with the help of specially trained volunteers

• Campaigns to raise awareness about the social stigmatisation of victims of sexual and gender-based violence, and discrimination against them