SELL VOLUNTEERS EMBARKED ON FIELD VISIT TO DYEMBURUK, IN JOS SOUTH
SELL Resource team alongside community SELL volunteers embarked on field visit to Dyemburuk, a community call Dogo Nahauwa, in Jos Plateau State on Thursday, 27th May, 2021 as part of the 8th Annual general reflection activity.
SELL Foundation Nigeria chose Dogo Nahauwa for the field trip so that SELL volunteers who are championing forgiveness and reconciliation in their communities will learn from the Dogo na Hauwa experience. Looking back at their experiences these past years, the people expressed mix feelings about their ordeal. The key take home from the community is the resilience of the people who despite the tragic event have resigned to fate and offered forgiveness to those who have massacred their loved ones.The people have not given up on life but still exclaimed that God who is on the throne knows all.
The first respondent (name withheld) stated that Dogo Nahauwa has a forgiving spirit, and they are peace loving and trust in God. That was why they were able to forgive and move on.
One of the elderly men who shared his experience narrated how he lost his family of fifteen persons in the tragedy, he noted it was difficult for him to move on, but with the interventions of individuals and groups like SELL who came to check on how they are fairing he was able to overcome some of the trauma that came with the incident.
Another person also shared saying, Dogo Nahauwa people are peace loving, patient and accommodating. He added it’s unfortunate the incidence happened in their community, this was because of greed and selfishness by some individuals. He stated before the incidence, they all live as one family in the community with no difference to faith backgrounds, he also added that despite all that happened, it has not stopped them from relating with their fellow Muslim brothers and sisters as they still live and eat together in the community.
After the prayer the SELL team all marched to the mass grave where the six hundred people massacred were buried. As part of our own social support, the SELL family also donated some money and requested that the well at the primary school should be taken care of and the grasses at the scene where the people were buried should be cleared off.
SELL VOLUNTEERS HAD AN INTERACTIVE SESSION WITH THE LEADERS OF DADIN KOWA COMMUNITY
As part of our role in building peaceful and model communities, SELL volunteers at the 2021 Annual General Reflection had an interactive session with the leaders of Dadin Kowa community in Jos, Plateau state.
Dadin Kowa is a community in Jos who has not experienced any form of violence; the people in that community have embraced peace and have learned to leave with one another as family, Muslims, Christians and traditional worshipers.
The Mai Ungwa of Dogo Nahauwa stated that the incident was an unfortunate one, however, he appreciated the government, churches, groups and individuals who reached out to them during those difficult moments. The people of Dogo Nahauwa encouraged the SELL volunteers as they return back to their various destinations to embrace peace in their lives and among community members irrespective of whatever afflictions and also learn to forgive one another as forgiveness is key and God is still on throne to shield all.
Rev Fr Robert Psinon Director of the Foundation thanked the people of Dogo Nahauwa for accepting to host the SELL team and for taking out time to share their experiences, he prayed for the people of Dogo Nahauwa for Gods continuous protection upon their lives and families.
Speaking at the event, Alhaji Tanko, leader of the Muslim group appreciated the SELL volunteers for the good work they are doing towards peace keeping in their various communities. He added that Dadin Kowa as the name implies is a small community but peace loving and accommodating. Baba Tanko affirmed that it is not as if Dadin Kowa has not experienced any challenge, but that they have their internal challenges to the extend even those who are always against any form of violence are been called names, however, due to the support from individuals, they were able to overcome the challenges.
The Youth leaderalso stated that Dadin kowa community members live as family, what affects one affects all. He affirmed that as the way forward, they always have meeting with their elders, listening and doing as instructed and also carry out sensitization on the importance of peace to the community members.
The interactive session was attended by the Mai Ungwa, the Christian Leader, Muslim Leader and the Youth leader of Dadin Kowa community in Jos, Plateau state.
Written by Miss Emily Ranna Yinala
SELL Communications Officer