Human is Righ Cameroon Trainings on Peace Building and Non Voilence
Cameroon and many states in central Africa are threatened by violent conflicts. Cameroon has witnessed an upsurge of violence since 2006 with terrorist attacks of the Boko Haram group in the far north and since 2016 a rising civil unrest that has transformed into armed conflict. We aim to empower people divided by conflict to develop mutual understanding and to create sustainable peace. We work across deep divides to transform violent conflict: to foster reconciliation, interrupt cycles of violence, and strengthen community resilience. Through collaborations with local partners in conflict-affected areas, we help people discover their shared capacity for building peace. In many cases, we encourage those affected by violent conflict to create their own local peacebuilding networks and to partner with us.
This action directly engages a wide range of stakeholders—from grassroots communities, to the halls of parliament. We have led training programs or multi-year projects particularly in the South West Region which is highly affected by the ongoing armed conflict.
Through dialogue and collaborative projects, we guide people who have been separated by violence or injustice to discover their common aspirations. We facilitate new alliances to advocate better violence prevention policy, bridge divides that threaten future stability, and promote more inclusive societies. Our work is grounded in constant learning and collaboration. We bring an evolving, in-depth understanding of the impacts of violent conflict on both societies and individuals. We encourage:
Dialogue: Our skillful use of facilitated, structured dialogues allows people who have become alienated from or dehumanized by one another due to violence—or who simply hold starkly different views—to develop mutual understanding and find ways to work together.
Education: Youth in particular are more affected by violence, in the present context in Cameroon; youth have been seriously affected by violence escalation. Our programs engage youths in analyzing the social, political, and economic factors that contribute to conflict, recognizing that conflict transformation requires both individual and systemic change. We make sure that our approach fits with local culture and respects the needs of those deeply impacted by violence and trauma. We engage youth in conflict prevention and deradicalization in schools, village communities, churches and through organized trainings.
Building Sustainable Peace: All of our programs focus on building the local capacity to respond effectively and nonviolently to future conflicts.