TAP is an online archive detailing the human cost of the violence in the north-eastern Nigerian states of Yobe and Borno from a personal perspective of individual citizens living in these areas. The purpose of this project is to help re-focus the conversation on ongoing violence on the human cost of the violence to help sensitize Nigerians and other interested observers, and to help boost activism for the benefit of Nigerians living in the region.
Like every other Nigerian, we have watched with great fear and deep concern the deterioration of law and order and the mass killings currently ongoing in the northeastern states of Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa over the past few years. But perhaps just as worrying as the violence is our collective helplessness. The media has focused mostly on the political ramifications, rather than the human impact, of the violence in the northeast. This has affected Nigerians’ reactions by fostering fatigue and not the expected sympathy and anger. We believe the current state of affairs to be insidious, and recognize the need for increased awareness of the human impact of the violence, as well as for a platform through which Nigerians can speak directly to each other and use as a springboard for further, more people-focused activism.
This page will host the archive, as well as the transcripts of each audio interview. People who contribute to the archive live in or are based in the aforementioned north-eastern states in Nigeria, and provide their testimonials via phone interviews, which are then recorded and uploaded to the blog. Below are our editorial guidelines. Do note that these may change or be added to in coming weeks or months.
- TAP does not have to use every audio that it collects. Only good quality recordings will be used for the project
- Audio from the interviews uploaded to the site may be edited to ensure minimal repetition
- TAP will use content that targets religious or ethnic groups, as long as it does not target at any individual. In other words, we will use a testimony that says “Muslims are causing the violence” but not one that says “Hauwa/Mohammed/Abdul is causing the violence”