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Countering and Preventing Violent Extremism in Africa

17th and 18th of October, 2016, Abuja, Nigeria.

On October 17 and 18, 2016, the International Interfaith Peace Corps organized a conference of African Traditional and Religious leaders in Abuja, Nigeria, to discuss the challenges of violent extremism in Africa and how to respond to it in the region. The conference was hosted and chaired by His Eminence Alhaji Muhammadu Saad Abubakar, the Sultan of Sokoto and his organization, the Sultan Foundation for Peace and Development. The conference was sponsored by the UNDP Regional Burau for Africa, through its Regional Cluster, Governance and Peacebuilding in Africa Regional Service Center for Africa based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and logistics assistance given by the UNDP country office in Nigeria.

The 2-day regional conference, which was opened by the Nigerian Hon. Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Alhaji Muhammad Musa Bello, was attended by traditional and religious leaders from the countries of Cameroon, Chad, CAR, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Nigeria, described as the epicenter, spill-over and at-risk countries of violent extremism in the West African sub-region.

After 2 days of deliberations on the role of traditional and religious leaders and the strategies to employ in the fight against violent extremism in Africa, the participants issued a declaration against violent extremism of any kind and formally resolved to establish a region-wide religious leaders PVE network to facilitate the exchange of information, ideas and PVE practices.

 

  Abuja Declaration on Countering and Preventing Violent Extremism English 
  Déclaration d'Abuja sur la Prévention et la Lutte contre l’Extrémisme Violent French
 


Islam and Epidemics: The Ebola Response

The recent outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in West Africa brought great loss of life and health. The world has responded with great care and attention and the people of impacted countries have shown resilience during these difficult times. IIPC receive numerous questions from public health and community leaders in regards to some practices that contribute to the spread of Ebola. Imam Mohamed Hag Magid drafted the following guidance that has been shared with the leading disease control and prevention organizations in the World as well as many Muslim scholars for their feedback. A final version will be issued once reviews have been completed.

 

  Islamic Guidance during Epidemics English 
  (موجهات لاستقراء الأحكام المتعلقة بأحكام الوبائيات (إيبولا كنموذج Arabic 
 
Watch Short Video - Islamic Guidance in Response to Ebola – English  
 


Religion and Vaccination Summit

In March of 2014, IIPC convened a summit of religious leaders and medical experts to discuss the challenges that prevent Muslims in Africa from receiving critical, life-saving vaccinations. The two day conference included a welcome from the President of Senegal, H.E. Macky Sall, Shaykh Abdallah bin Bayyah presiding over the opening session, several plenary sessions, and breakouts. Among the outcomes of the summit was the Dakar Declaration. The declaration, along with the full conference report and plenary presentations can be found below. This summit was organized in partnership with: The Senegal Ministry of Health, the Global Centre for Renewal and Guidance and the Islamic Society of North America.

 

  Dakar Declaration on Religion and Vaccination English 
  Déclaration de Dakar sur la Vaccination et la Religion French
  إعلان دكار عن الدين والتطعيم  Arabic
  Vaccinations and Religion Final Conference Report English