Wednesday, 30 October 2019


In recent years, climate change has added to the volatile mix of extreme environmental conditions. Increasing numbers of climate-linked disasters, including desertification, more frequent and intense droughts, heavier rains, and flash floods have added to tensions, and the relatively small-scale clashes that have long taken place between clans, especially in the dry seasons, have become more serious.

But is the increase in violence because of climate change and more intense droughts, floods and other impacts? Because weapons have become more powerful? Because governments are hostile to nomads? Because of poverty?

There is no consensus among policymakers, security analysts, academics or development groups who work in the region.

Thursday, 24 October 2019

Twenty Ways to Promote Peace in Our World

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I want to focus on some positive ways to promote peace in our badly broken world. Here are twenty ideas – some of which originated in my own brain, while others were culled from organizations (and credit is given where it is due). I would love to hear your thoughts regarding what else we can do to try to prevent violence and cultivate peace in our fragile world.

1. Make a personal commitment to nonviolence.

2. When you see someone in trouble, whether he or she is lost, confused, upset, or has fallen, don’t act like you don’t see the person – provide some help.

3. Show a child how to achieve calmness through deep breathing.

4. Show a child how to be kind to animals.

Photos from maiden edition of Peace Picnic

Peace Picnic a peace building event organised by Mercy Peace Initiative in collaboration with other CSOs held on the 1st of October, 2019. The event played host to Abuja residence and guest from surrounding communities.

Peace Picnic is a community based event with the aim to address social violence prone issues. With all of the hatred, anger and insecurity in the society, there is an air of aggression, frustration and dejection and this is fueled majority by ethnic, religious, political rivalry and land disputes. All of these are
further compounded by climate change and extremist ideologies,leaving people within the community with little or no safe space to air their grievances other than social media. 

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