2018 Africa Workshops
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The Role of Faith Communities in Rebuilding Lives and Improving Community Stabilization in Nigeria
Violence, humanitarian crisis and the manipulation of religious identity has forced millions of Nigerians to leave their homes for neighboring countries or displacement camps. This panel discussion will focus on the role and involvement of faith based institutions and humanitarian actors in rebuilding the lives and communities of migrants, refugees, and displaced persons in northeastern Nigeria.
Fr. Anthony I. Bature, PhD, Chair, Department of Religion, Federal University of Technology Wukari, and Member, Forum on Farmer and Herder Relations in Nigeria (FFARN)
Charles Kwuelum, Legislative Associate for International Affairs, Mennonite Central Committee
Olubukola Ademola-Adelehin, Senior Program and Policy Analyst at Search for Common Ground
Moderator: Nathan Hosler, Director, Office of Public Witness, Church of the Brethren
Persecuted and Uprooted: Testimonies from Survivors
The Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition (TASSC) brings survivors’ voices from refugees and asylees who have survived torture and are rebuilding their lives in your community. At this workshop, courageous men and women will share their stories with you on why they were persecuted in their country and the impact on them and their families; how they are rebuilding their lives in the United States, and what you can do to combat torture and human rights abuse to prevent people from being uprooted from their homes.
Andrea Barron, Advocacy Program Manager, Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition (TASSC)
Etsegenet Kedir, TASSC, Intern at Africa Faith & Justice Network (AFJN)
A World Uprooted: Responding to Migrants, Refugees and Displaced People in South Sudan
South Sudan, the world’s newest country (2011), is engulfed in civil war due to power struggle that has exacerbated pre-independence ethnic tensions. About 2 million people are internally displaced, another 2 million have fled the country, primarily to Northern Uganda, splitting families and creating orphaned children. Infrastructures such as schools and hospitals have been destroyed. Those left behind face food insecurity and violence from armed groups, both rebels and the SPLA. The panel will discuss the roots of the civil war, the conditions of IDPs and refugees and possible ways forward to rehabilitation for those who have been impacted by this man-made tragedy.
Faustine Wabwire, Senior Foreign Assistance Policy Advisor, Bread for the World: Food Insecurity and Famine in South Sudan
Fr. Daniel Moschetti, MCCJ, Policy Analyst at AFJN
Brian Adeba, Deputy Director of Policy, Sudans Team at the Enough Project
Moderator: Sr. Joan Mumaw, IHM, President and Chief Adm. Officer, Friends in Solidarity (with South Sudan)