Northeast Nigeria

ATJLF in Nigeria

Nigeria has over the years experienced cycles of insecurities and ethnic conflicts. The northeast of Nigeria has been particularly ravaged by the Boko Haram insurgency. The crisis which started in 2009 has caused violence, destruction, and gross human rights violations across the northeast of Nigeria. In response, the government has tried several transitional justice processes to deal with the effects of the crisis, but it remains clear that those efforts are not sufficient. Lots of communities and victims are still without a sense of justice. ATJLF supports projects in northeast Nigeria aimed at reviving a sense of agency among survivors and local communities in the demand for sustainable transitional justice in the region.
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Spotlight Projects

The project “Mediatising the Social Damage on Victims of Abandoned Property in Borno state” was about creating communication around community-driven processes of reconciliation and healing for the traumatised victims in Nigeria’s Northeastern communities. Thanks to this project, the Nigerian Army cleared and released 1,009 people who had been wrongly detained at the Giwa detention facility and the Maximum-Security Prison in Borno State, the largest single batch of clearance and release in many years. This followed HumAngle’s several months of advocacy against forced family separation and the prolonged detention of civilians, especially husbands of the Knifar Movement members. We are one of the foremost funders of HumAngle Media and it is an investment we are very proud of

The project ‘Provision of Palliative Care for Traumatized Victims/ Survivors of Conflict in Northeast Nigeria’ centered on the provision of palliative care for traumatized victims and survivors of the conflict in northeast Nigeria. Central to its objective was the provision of psychosocial support. Lay counsellors were trained to provide this care in affected communities. The project featured the creation of safe spaces, and counseling for survivors.

The project ‘BitsofBorno: Visual Arts for Memorialisation and Healing’ employed the use of visual arts for memorialization and healing. It increased capacity for the production and use of locally produced audio-visual content to promote communal healing, and reconciliation as well as for archival purposes. It also Increased the visibility of photos, videos, and artworks from the #BitsOfBorno initiative to advance new narratives of and about life in the conflict-stricken Borno state.

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