donderdag, februari 23, 2017 - 18:00

A series of 3 films about conflict and peacebuilding in Sub-Sahara Africa

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In March 2017 elections will be held in the Netherlands. During the campaigns issues of extremism of all sorts, ethnicity and, the role of social media will be addressed. What are possible lessons to be learnt from Sub-Saharan Africa experiences regarding these issues? During three evenings you are invited to watch and reflect on three short films about religious extremism in Nigeria and interethnic struggles after elections in Kenya. How do African religious leaders build bridges of trust in times of interreligious and interethnic chaos and distress? The third movie is about the positive role of social media at the grass roots level in Kenya in promoting justice for all. What are the lessons for Europe? 

This event takes place at the center of Initiatives of Change (IofC) at Amaliastraat 10 in The Hague.


Film 'The Imam and The Pastor' | grassroots peacebuilding in conflict situations with religious connotations 

Imam and the pastorImam Muhammad Ashafa and Pastor James Wuye fought each other in defending their communities in Northern Nigeria in the early ‘90s. Ashafa’s spiritual teacher was killed in the struggle and Wuye lost his hand. In the film ‘The Imam and the Pastor’, they tell how they went on to become co-directors of the Kaduna Interfaith Mediation Centre, training teams of pastors and imams to be mediators in flashpoints across Nigeria and beyond.

Below you find the programme of the evening:
18.00 – 18.30 An African meal* and a short introduction to the film
18.30 - 19.15 Watching the film 'The Imam and The Pastor'
19:15 – 19.30 Reflection on the film in pairs
19.30 - 20.00 Lessons learnt and closing

*You can order a meal through the online form or bring your own.

Costs and registration

Please register for this event through our online form. You can bring your own food or order an African (vegetarian and halal) meal through the online form for 5. On top of this amount your donations to Initiatives of Change are gratefully accepted. 


A series of 3 films about conflict and peacebuilding in Sub-Sahara Africa 

The film 'The Imam and The Pastor' (IofC Nigeria) is the first in a series of three films about conflict and peacebuilding in Sub-Sahara Africa. What can we learn from these local African solutions to shed new light on European issues? The following two films will be screened and discussed as well:

An African answerThursday March 23 | Film 'An African Answer' (IofC Kenya)
Grassroots peacebuilding in conflict situation with interethnic connotations.
The protagonists in the previous session’s film, Imam Ashafa and Pastor James, were invited to Kenya to mediate between tribesmen who fought each other in post-election violence in 2007. The film ‘An African Answer’ captures this masterclass in mediation, in which they employ all the experience they gained through their work in Nigeria.


Thursday April 20 | VPRO Tegenlicht 'Rights for all'
Human rights at grass roots and the role of social media.​
For many in Kenya filing a costly lawsuit to claim your rights is not an option. Under the inspiring leadership of Chief Justice Willy Mutunga a network of apps and legal volunteers is built throughout the country via SMS, smart phones and Twitter throughout the country built. These means of communications are affordable for everyone and provide a solution to many legal issues.