past work: nigeria: vigilantes of nigeria
A long battle over territory between farmers and herders in Nigeria's Middle Belt has escalated exponentially with more than 1300 deaths in 2018 alone. Growing animosity between ethnic groups, a lack of security, inaccurate reporting, over-population and climate change has fomented this increase in violence in recent years especially leading up to presidential elections.
Despite the divisive chaos, a small group of multi-ethnic men and women, including those from the clashing Berom and Fulani tribes have joined togerther to form the Vigilantes of Nigeria: Barkin Ladi Division. Together they are intermediaries for all victims- no matter their creed- as thrust between different ethnic groups and security forces are heavily strained.
(This report was possible with the support of the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting)