Barkin Ladi, Jos, Nigeria- A young boy raises his hand in salute in Yelwa Village Barkin Ladi, Nigeria. After the June attack in Gashish District that destroyed Nghar Village, many of the displaced fled to neighboring Yelwa Village where Imam Abubakar Abdullahi saved over 300 lives.
Over one thousand people have lost their lives this year due to an ongoing conflict between farmers and herders. The current crisis reflects the country's woes from over-population, poverty and climate change to religious division and ethnic favoritism. Growing animosity between ethnic groups coupled with a lack of security has fomented this increase in violence in recent years. Despite the divisive chaos engulfing the Middle Belt of Nigeria, a group of multi-ethnic men and women, part of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria, are providing much needed security and trust to all groups affected by the conflict.