Scar Tissue - NIGERIA

JOS, NIGERIA: Youth set gas stations alite in Farin Gada, Jos, The city has become extremely polarized along religous lines. Mixed neighborhoods of Christians and Muslims is becoming rear as people live in fear of eachother. Beyond the smoke is 'Muslim' territory and from the smoke forward is basically 'Christian territory.' NIGERIA, The Giant of Africa is the most populous country in Africa. With an abundance of oil reserves, high levels of corruption and poor governance most of the people live in poverty. The conflict in Northern Nigeria is a complicated mix of ethnic, political and religious divisions and also economic disparity and impunity. All of these elements have created a fertile ground for Islamist insurgents Boko Haram to rise up and try to out work their mission of creating an Islamist state in Nigeria. They are far from achieving that, however relentless attacks on places of worship, security services, schools and civilians in general has destabilized the north east and depleted their economies. Many people are fleeing Borno, and Yobe state, the number of Internally displaced people is on the rise and going unnoticed as they blend into other urban areas of Nigeria. People have been reduced to pawns in political games of power. Life has become cheap and hearts have hardened. Dozens of people can die in a attack from gun men or a suicide bomb. Often the response is not outrage over the loss of life but questions of what tribe were they? What religion? Igbo’s or Hausa? Muslim or Christian?’ Everyone feels victimized and no one takes responsibility. Tin mining in Plateau state saw the land exploited and turned upside down, with a landscape now laying waste. Similarly people are being exploited by their leaders for their various endeavors – with an aftermath of orphans, fathers, mothers and spouses you will never see again, internally displaced people, permanent physical injury, and the emotional toll; broken hearts, and trauma that is evident on ones face. The military have a challenging job of bringing the situation under control and are also blamed for making the situation worse. Mistrust of security forces are high, fathers and young men sleep with one eye open. People are taking the law into their own hands as only you have your back. Youth who should be focusing on schooling are forming militant vigilante groups and taking up and even making their own weapons. High levels of corruption have created an environment ripe for conflict. Until systems change, and justice, law and order are enforced the violence will continue.

AKWAI WAHALA - NIGERIA
AKWAI WAHALA - NIGERIA
NIGERIA IN CRISIS
NIGERIA IN CRISIS