Kallewa Manio: Countering Violent Extremism in Diffa

In 2015, the security situation in Diffa rapidly worsened. Attacks against civilians and security forces perpetrated by Boko Haram in Nigeria, as well as the tough military response, triggered the migration of tens of thousands of refugees and returnees to neighboring countries, including Niger.  Over the past two years, the Diffa Region alone has received a total influx of over 100,000 people.

In this context, young people, who are often lacking political and economic opportunities, are easily recruited into violent extremist groups.

Our 18-month project Kallewa Manio is addressing this problem in the Diffa region. This initiative aims at creating a community-based response to violent extremism and guaranteeing access to credible and conflict-sensitive information on the issue of radicalization.