African Youth for Peace Development and Empowerment Foundation with support from International Alert under European Union (EU) support to early recovery from conflict and resilience building project in Yobe state has conducted series of youth initiatives to forestall further conflicts in the state.
The activities which held in most affected local government councils of Damaturu, Gujba and Potiskum were aimed at improving social cohesion and explore avenues for reconciliation and peaceful reintegration of people especially women and girls in affected communities.
AFRYDEV Programme Officer, Abdullahi M. Machima said that the project will mainstream conflict sensitivity activities in addressing challenges of reintegration posed by fear and mistrust that antagonized and stained family and community relationships.
The project will use dialogue and trauma healing to support reconciliation and reintegration of women and girls captured, abused or forced into “marriage” by boko haram who bear the stigma of their past association.
In his remarks, Jerry Ogiri said youth are agent of change and back born of every society.
He added that they recognise significant role in peace building process hence engaging them positively will strengthen social fabric and build community resilience.
One of the community leaders, Abdullahi Mohammed, from Dogonini during the sport activity in Potiskum said that sport is one of the weapon of unity and socialisation globally by all age groups especially the youth.