COMPLEXITIES OF HUMAN SECURITY IN CONFLICT ZONES IDP CAMPS IN BENUE STATE: A QUALITATIVE EXPLORATION OF VULNERABILITIES, RESILIENCE, AND PEACEBUILDING STRATEGIES

Authors

  • Asmau Isyaku Dutse, PhD Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa State, Nigeria
  • Yusuf Abdullahi Manu, PhD Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa State, Nigeria

Keywords:

Human security, IDP camps, vulnerabilities, resilience, peacebuilding

Abstract

The protracted insecurity across the North central states of Nigeria, most particularly Benue State has resulted in humanitarian emergency, hence, the associated consequences with Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) in the state. This paper presents a phenomenological study designed to explore the intricate dynamics of human security in conflict zones, with a specific focus on vulnerabilities, resilience, and peacebuilding strategies adopted toward mitigating the crisis. Qualitative research methods were employed to provide an in-depth understanding of these interconnected themes from the perspectives of participants. The study conducted Semi-structured interviews with informants selected from conflict-ridden Guma Local Government Area in Benue State, Nigeria. Purposive sampling approach ensured representation from various demographics and backgrounds, capturing diverse experiences of IDPs in the focal local council. Two IDP camps, Dauda Camp I and Gbajimba Camp were selected in gathering data on vulnerabilities, resilience, and peacebuilding strategies. Four key informants were purposively chosen from each camp. focusing on participants' experiences, perceptions of vulnerabilities and human security, peacebuilding strategies, and recommendations for enhancing security and peacebuilding efforts within the conflict zones. The results revealed nuanced insights into the complexities of human security in conflict zones, emphasising the interconnected relationships between vulnerabilities, resilience, and peacebuilding strategies. The study recommends that policy makers need to come up with a clear-cut targeted interventions programme for vulnerable populations, with focus on women and children.

Author Biographies

Asmau Isyaku Dutse, PhD , Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa State, Nigeria

Department of Political Science,,
Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa State, Nigeria

Yusuf Abdullahi Manu, PhD, Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa State, Nigeria

Department of Political Science,
Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa State, Nigeria

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Published

2024-04-16

How to Cite

Dutse, A. I., & Manu, Y. A. (2024). COMPLEXITIES OF HUMAN SECURITY IN CONFLICT ZONES IDP CAMPS IN BENUE STATE: A QUALITATIVE EXPLORATION OF VULNERABILITIES, RESILIENCE, AND PEACEBUILDING STRATEGIES. Journal of Political Discourse, 2(1 (2), 1–13. Retrieved from https://jopd.com.ng/index.php/jopdz/article/view/108