PDev II youth filmmakers created "Moussa", the story of a young man grappling with influences toward violence, and what it takes to overcome them.
"The theme of the film was for the elections and that you should not be manipulated by the political parties. Before the last elections we projected these films and I think there was a real benefit establishing peaceful elections."
“The men don’t so much listen to these programs because they are working but they question their wives afterwards about what they were doing, this is when we tell them about the importance of these initiatives in our community.”
Anticipating potential political unrest in the 2016 electoral season, PDev II-trained artists used their musical talents and peacebuilding skills for a song and music video that highlights the importance of peaceful co-existence and Nigerian national unity.
“What has happened in the countries around us can happen here, so although it’s relatively calm now, it’s important to be vigilant to maintain the peace.”
"In Diffa, for example, many youth are vulnerable to be lured by Boko Haram to join their ranks, these programs with their anti-extremism messages played a part in educating these youth about alternatives."
“We raised awareness with chiefs and religious leaders so that they would not be key actors of the political parties but rather actors for the civilians leading up to and during elections.”
”I was trained in one of the first training programs in 2011 for community engagement ... it's a contribution to development in our country and also to reduce violent extremism in our community.”
“In Niger, cinema is the best way to explore social issues and raise questions. Where so many are illiterate, the cinema offers a universal language that can reach large numbers of Nigeriens.”
"Muslim and Christian leaders meeting together and civil society organizations. I speak often on the radio and television...I also participated in social media training for youth and religious leaders of Christian and Muslim faith to use social media to fight against extremism."
"PDev II undertook a workshop on conflict resolution in our community ... Catholics, Protestants and Muslims came together ... With the workshop, we learned we have the capacity to prevent conflicts and also to engage with the population to work in developing peace.”
"I have been working with PDev II since 2012 ... It's our role as youth to create a synergy between the different structures so we can create a dynamic emerging country. I am an actor of change in my country."
Through participatory theater and PDev II we understood and helped others to understand ... that we can banish violence in all its forms and that to empower youth is to promote a culture of peace.
"... there were not problems during the elections ... one of the reasons is thanks to the engagement of PDev II, especially if you compare with in the past, when leaders were giving guns to the youth to wreak havoc on opposition parties before elections.”