Fantsuam Foundation, Kafanchan, Nigeria
By John Dada, Fantsuam Director
Since the second outbreak of violence on 09th November, 2011, the peace in Kafanchan has been sustained. This is largely due to widespread consultation at various levels and different sectors, and especially across the religious divide. Fantsuam Foundation has been actively involved in the various peace efforts, and one of the most recent was on April 03rd, 2012 when we made a submission to the Peace and Reconciliation Committee that was established by the Kaduna State Government.
The preoccupation for our host communities has been peace building. For the months from December 2011 to May 2012, a peaceful atmosphere has been sustained largely due to the series of on-going multi-stakeholder peace dialogues. Fantsuam Foundation has been involved in some of these efforts. One of Fantsuam Foundation initiatives has been to initiate a regular dialogue between Muslim and Christian religious leaders.
The rains have now arrived and farm work has started in earnest. We recall that by this time last year, very little farming was going on for fear of attacks by warring factions. Another encouraging sign has been the gradual return of the nomadic herdsmen to their previous locations. There is now a consensus that there was no winner in this crisis; rather all sides suffered irreparable losses.
Taking the grains to Fantsuam store
The FON support for Fantsuam Foundation to help some of our communities to tide over the hunger months has been very successful. Metal silos for the preservation of the grains were installed in the Fantsuam warehouse, and were filled with grains purchased from the village markets.
The elderly receive their share of the grains