Narrative Management in Gambia and Ghana
How do narratives influence social structures of communities living in bordering regions to unstable countries? How can we fight the ever more eminent threat of hate speech, mis- and disinformation within the West-African context? Questions that we sought to help answer with this documentary.
Together with the Hanns-Seidel-Foundation, the Freie Universität Berlin and Project Lighthouse Africa a team of experts made their way to visit two of the most stable countries of West-Africa, The Gambia and Ghana. Ghana in particular has Burkina Faso (a very unstable Sahel country) as a bordering neighbour. We went there to study how misinformation can cause islamist incursions and violent spill over to stable neighbouring countries. To underst-
stand how social structures and information flows work within potential target areas of attacks through disinformation, we went to visit some of these communities. Some of our findings were staggering. Our short-documentary is an entry and beginning for what is supposed to become a larger investigative and supportive action in the future.