As the world searches for methods to keep young people from joining radical groups, and new ways to prevent violence and foster development, this university may provide an example.
(CNN) In a side room at the American University of Nigeria, four girls chat and giggle. One teenage girl in particular catches our attention. She looks familiar. Then we realize why.
In Yola, the capital of Adamawa State in North-East Nigeria, the stranger first came to the market for two days, passing out naira to the poor children who beg there. On the third day, he threw the money in the air then blew himself up – killing 32. Boko Haram had struck again.
“Raise your hands if you spent the night here,” Bishop Stephen Dami Mamza said to the thousands of Nigerian women packed into St. Theresa’s Cathedral waiting for food to be distributed. All but a few raised their hands. Neither the women nor the thousands of listless children in their arms had eaten in more than 24 hours. Their faces were etched with hunger and despair.
The kidnapping of schoolgirls in Chibok in Nigeria by Boko Haram caught the attention of the world. Some of the girls who escaped are being taught at a school run by the American University of Nigeria.
With more displaced people expressing willingness to return to their liberated communities which were once under the grip of Boko Haram militants, American University of Nigeria, through its Adamawa Peace Initiative, is mobilising support for the reconstruction of these communities. Adeola Akinremi writes
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