The feuding factions in the decade-old Bunkpurugu conflict have resolved to end hostilities towards each other at a ceremony, Sunday.
The Northern region town carried out the “blood burial” ceremony which saw indigenes sacrificing cows and sheep to cleanse the land to usher in peace.
For over ten years, the two gates of Jamong and Jafouk, have been fighting each other over who is qualified to be king in the Bunkpurungu town of the Bunkprungu-Yunyoo district.
The hostility towards each other had been fierce and bloody resulting in the death and exodus of some residents.
Schools had to be shut down because of the conflict
In his attempt to help remedy the situation, Joy News’ investigative journalist, Seth Kwame Boateng found the story intriguing to film a documentary titled: “Brothers at War”. It captured some of the harrowing damages the conflict has caused to properties, lives of innocent natives as well as the destruction of the local economy.
Filming the documentary
The documentary also highlighted the cause of the conflict for all Ghanaians to appreciate what it meant to live at war with one's neighbor to encourage people to choose peace.
In their reaction to the revelations in the documentary, the feuding factions resolved to give peace a chance for the overall welfare of their people.
The heads of the two gates giving way to peace at last
The ceremony was attended by the two gates as well as the Northern Regional minister, Abdallah Abubakari who lead a delegation of Northern Regional Security Council (REGSEC).
Speaking at the ceremony, Mr. Abubakari promised residents of his preparedness to roof and repair houses damaged in the course of the conflict.
Joy News' Hashmin Mohammed reports there was a high security presence – made up of military men and the police in the town.
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