Warring Yobe Communities Reunited Through Football

Youths in Ajari and Gwange, hitherto warring communities in Damaturu, Yobe State, settled their differences through a friendly football match sponsored by Taimako Community Development Initiative, a not-for-profit organization.

Haliru Abdullahi, the foundation’s program manager said the match was organised in collaboration with the International Alert to build peace among hitherto warring communities.

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Further, the program manager claimed the foundation had reunited 270 girls displaced by Boko Haram insurgents, to their families in Yobe State.

According to him, the programme is funded by the European Union (EU) and implemented in Damaturu, Potiskum and Gujba local government areas of the state.

He said some of the victims were previously abducted by insurgents, while others fled the insurgents’ attacks on their communities.

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Abdullahi said the NGO had also reconciled 350 communities and family members who were at the loggerheads over issues rooted in the decades-old insurgency.

His words: “It is a three-year programme which is complementing several post-insurgency initiatives aimed at building resilience of conflict-affected communities.

“We usually engage families and communities in dialogues in which experts, youth groups, clerics and traditional rulers provide inputs that assist in resolving  several conflicts.”

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