Community-level conflict resolution requires more than reintegrating ex-militants. To help ensure long-term stability, the project team will build the capacity of communities to resolve communal conflict. Through the project’s activities, foundations for a stronger civil society will be developed in and among communities – foundations that encourage communities to see amnesty as something that empowers not only ex-militants, but everyone.
The radio dramas developed under this project will help address rumours and misinformation that can fuel violence. Through entertaining, balanced and diverse media, the project will provide opportunities for individuals and communities to understand concerns, challenges, and success stories about reintegration and reconciliation.
The Tomorrow is A New Day project was designed to support among other activities the establishment of community radios in 6 target communities, to harness the powerful tool that the radio can be to facilitate social change. However, the Nigerian Government has not begun granting community radio licenses, and it does not appear that the licenses will be granted within the project period. Thus, the European Union has been working closely with SFCG and our technical partner, the Institute for Media and Society, to develop an alternative media component that will still give voice to all members of the communities in the Niger Delta, including the historically marginalized, and to address the rumours and misinformation that fuel violence.
Trauma Healing Activities
Qualified psychology professionals will assess persisting traumas in the community and organise trauma healing activities in response. Activities are locally tailored and culturally appropriate, and include small group discussions, storytelling or video discussions; ceremony activities; and/or artistic activities such as drumming, theatre or dance.