This project will use different media to enable victims of the recurrent inter-tribal land use resources conflicts between the villages of Oku and Mbessa in the North West Region of Cameroon to expose their never considered grievances in solving the conflict. Women and children i interviewed in both communities still want to have a say about the conflict management methods. They feel more relieved when someone listens to their ordeals.
What locality or neighborhood will your project focus on?
Oku and Mbessa Communities
Describe the specific community with whom you will be working.
Women and children are usually underrepresented when solving the inter-tribal conflicts, yet they are the most affected. Women use the land directly for agricultural practices.No online media is available which recounts their traumatic experiences and their marginalization in the management of the conflict. They feel rejected and neglected in the procedures. This has a traumatic effect and builds tension leading to more conflicts.
What kinds of news, stories and other content will be created?
Videos, short movies, Pictures, and radio and podcast anti conflict slogans in the native languages will be produced by the participant women and children from the severely affected communities for online publishing and community radio broadcast. Personal blog stories will be created which will be published online and on air. There is a community radio covering both villages. Both villages have access to GSM which can provide internet lines.
What technologies and digital tools do you plan to use in the trainings?
Describe the connections that you or your organization have already established that will contribute to the success of the project.
I'm a native of Oku village. I have both family and friendly ties with the Mbessa village. I have a teacher friend and colleague who is an indigene of Mbessa. Despite the fears of socializing between the communities, we lived together while working as teachers in town, now we have both been transferred to work in our respective villages.I spoke with him about starting an NGO, which will work in both communities.
How many participants do you think will be involved in your project?
Fifty participants will be trained. Twenty-five from Oku and Twenty-five from Mbessa. The participants will be from the conflict zones. There is already the zeal for participation. I had discussed with some women and children from the zones and they show interest in sharing the stories, reason why i came to know of the problem.Getting online feedback and sharing will arouse more interest thus sustaining participation.They will decide the content.
Besides the microgrant funding, what other resources and support are you seeking for your project to ensure its success?
Digital Camcorders and Cameras, Recorders, editing and production software, Laptops, and Overhead Projector. Networking links will also be instrumental in raising their voices.
Tah Kennette Konsum
Society for the Promotion of Initiatives in Sustainable Development and Welfare(SOPISDEW)