Action plan for Nigeria
The crisis in North Nigeria is anything but over. Two years after the abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls in Chibok, most of them are still missing. In spite of this, the country continues to gain ground with regard to the Boko Haram terrorist group. The peacebuilding actions of the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria (EYN), a partner church of Mission 21 and Basel Mission, are progressing well, as confirmed by Suzan Mark Zira, President of the EYN Women's Association "Zumunata Mata Ekklesiya". She herself was forced to flee from Boko Haram in 2014. During their journey, her family members were dispersed and it was months before they were reunited in the city of Jos. There, they have received material and spiritual support through the emergency relief programmes of EYN, which in turn receives support from Germany and Switzerland. Initially, Suzan Mark was a participant in the church's trauma healing workshops. Having adjusted to the situation, she now leads such workshops, helping others to work through their pain and grief.
The EYN helps people in need with two measures: emergency relief for the many internally-displaced-persons (IDP) and medium and long-term support for women, children and adolescents who have been widowed and orphaned as a result of the ongoing violence. EYN provides such persons with clothing, foodstuffs, blankets and other urgent relief supplies. Wherever possible the IDPs are accommodated in private or church facilities. More accommodation is currently under construction.
Contributions for the support measures can be given in Germany via the Basel Mission – German Branch (BMDZ), which forwards them to Mission 21 for further distribution.
For more information please contact:
Riley Edwards-Raudonat, edwards-raudonat@ ems-online.org