Reviving Zumunci: Living Together in Post Boko Haram—CDD Monthly Dialogues in Gwoza Local Government of Borno State.

Living Together in Post-Boko Haram is a one-year, monthly peacebuilding project implemented by CDD. This engagement is a follow up to the Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism (P/CVE), the Center implemented in Gwoza Local Government. One of our learning lessons from the PCVE project is that there is deep-rooted division along ethnic and religious lines in this heterogeneous community. In the aftermath of the Boko Haram insurgency, the community remain deeply divided along religious lines, and social cohesion has broken down. The conflict has ruptured the existing harmonious relationship between Muslims and Christians Pre Boko Haram. It is against this backdrop that CDD is working with local actors to strengthen inter-group social bonds, as well as rebuild inter-faith trust and dialogue. The local actors representing different social strata includes religious leaders (Imams and Pastors), traditional leaders (Lawan, Bulama), Women group leaders, widows and the members of Gwoza Youth Progressive Association (GYPA). Using the notion of “Zumunci” loosely translated as “cultural solidarity in Hausa, every month, CDD and her partners will host a monthly dialogue that allows for frank talks on inter-religious narratives, perceptions of the conflict, forgiveness, and how to sustain peace amongst others. The open platform provided for Gwoza and Pulka communities is helping in healing trauma wounds, reengineering trust, social harmony and resolving grievances. The capacity building component of our engagement is also raising awareness on inter-faith issues, clearing up misconceptions misconception and narratives about the motives behind Boko Haram atrocities. CDD is happy to be doing this with her local partners in Gwoza.