Type: Civil society
The Council of Imams and Religious Dignitaries of Cameroon (CIDIMUC) has been involved in raising awareness on the dangers of radicalisation and have engaged in efforts to prevent extremism through promoting tolerance and peace. Materials have been distributed, and conferences and prayer sessions have focused on respect for religious freedom.
Muslim clerics, traditional rulers and dignitaries from the Far North have received training in early 2015 in communication technologies the internet as part of information sharing between them and the military, within counter terrorism strategies. However, some of the participants were able to read and write so it was a struggle for them to engage.
They do all have access to the internet and were able to take the equipment back with them to use for collecting data and recording information about any suspicious activity or persons suspected to have been recruited by Boko Haram.
This profile is part of AOAV’s investigation into counter-IED (C-IED) actors around the globe. To see the list of all C-IED actors recorded by AOAV, see here. To see those engaged in the Middle East, the Sahel, North Africa or other highly impacted countries please see here, here, here, and here respectively. This research was made possible by funding from the NATO Counter Improvised Explosive Devices Centre of Excellence (C-IED COE). To read the full report, ‘Addressing the threat posed by IEDs: National, Regional and Global Initiatives’, see here.
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