Barkin Ladi, Jos, Nigeria- A member of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria, Barkin Ladi Division, questions herder Muhammad Yusuf, 20, (yellow jacket) about the previous day where another young herder threatened the life of farmer, Amos Lenji, (not pictured) after a herd of cows destroyed the farmers crops in Barkin Ladi, Nigeria.
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.