Boko Haram Terrorism Victimization Survey
Organized by: Amb Abdullahi Bindawa
Boko Haram Terrorism Victimization Survey Abdullahi Bindawa had implemented a project in the Northern State of Nigeria, which started with series of letters, meetings and training with the relevant stakeholders in the Peaceful Campaign Awareness project through Nonviolence and Conflict Reconciliation Training. The Boko Haram Terrorism Victimization survey started on 16th of August, 2013, and ended 15 days later, taking place in 14 Local Government Areas within the Northern Metropolis, with 14 supervisors and enumerators from both state and Local Government, which were affected by Boko Haram insurgent activities. The Community Police Partner forum project was a two month project that started on December 2013 and ended on February 2014. The implementation of community policing in the Northern State is an ongoing project, which stated on March 1st, 2014. It will end in March, 2016. CAMPAIGN OBJECTIVES To ensure the right of people to have peace, income security that is sustainable for their future, and access to a good environment. Abdullahi Bindawa wanted to see a fair and equitable food system for every victim to have enough food to eat at all times. All women and men in humanitarian crises will be assured of both the protection and the assistance they require, regardless of who or where they are or how they are affected. Many more women will gain power over their lives and live free from violence through changes in attitudes, ideas and beliefs about gender relations, and through increased levels of women’s active engagement and critical leadership in the Internally Displaced Persons camp and decision-making processes. HOW THE OBJECTIVES WERE ACHIEVED Through this Victimization Survey, the victims learn how to apply approaches that will foster more harmonious relationships at every IDP Camp, from interpersonal interaction.s Through these efforts Bindawa collaborates with, and strengthens relationships with all organizations, agencies, and governmental departments committed to peace building and non violence work. CAMPAIGN INNOVATIONS He uses media and ICT as tools that address individuals and communities' concerns and issues. He is of the school of thought that more young people need to use the enormous power of media and ICT to address issues that affect them, which could be conflict, poverty, human rights issues, transparency & accountability, rule of law, service delivery, and a host of others. To achieve his mission, Bindawa taps into the energy and creativity of other young people like myself by working and partnering with like-minded young people and organizations. CAMPAIGN IMPACT The impact has been equipping his community with adequate knowledge about peace, as well as giving youth the tools needed to make positive changes within their communities. He believes young people possess a unique combination of energy, creativity, and idealism that allows them to find solutions to problems in new and innovative ways. In achieving this mission, he went to middle/high schools and establish peace clubs. He has periodic sensitization programs with youths about peace. He recruited youths and engages them in peace building work. He also has a virtual peace club where education and training sessions are aired on T.V stations. The goal of the program is to equip the youth with peace building skills and conflict handling techniques in order for them to go to their communities and continue the work. The objectives are to develop teens and youths leadership and conflict management skills and to educate a large part of the society about peace. CHALLENGES FACED There are many needs, which Boko Haram has compounded, in every area of human and community development in the North East. So he serves community members including women, children, the youth, elderly and disabled persons. For this purpose, he promotes internship, exchange and volunteer programs and facilitates/ participates in work camps in Borno and the entire North Eastern Nigeria. LESSONS LEARNT His mission as a social change activist is to organize and educate for democracy, with emphasis on special projects and systems related to non violence and social responsibility. His experience with nonviolence began in summer 2013 at the University of Rhode Island and was stimulated by exposure to Martin Luther King Jr.’s Leadership of the non violent civil right campaigns. He traveled the world promoting peace in a just and sustainable world and was involved in intervention and prevention training on peace and non violence in Nigeria and U.S universities. He participated in dialogue as part of a national delegation of interfaith leaders, which provided an opportunity for direct ongoing involvement in PEACE Campaign Awareness through 2014/2015. He was recognized as a leader who combines the skills of organizing a social movement with innovative ideas about the philosophy of peace learning and leadership education.