Child Protection

Since 2009, Nigerians has been witnessing an unprecedented attack by the non-state armed groups (NSAG) along the province of Lake Chad. North-eastern states which include Adamawa, Borno, Yobe and Gombe state remains the sufferers of the up growing insurgence which has brought global attention for decades now with massive displacement and abduction of children and their caregivers. The insurgents have routinely ambushed soldiers, opened fire on public places and abduct women and children including nearly 270 school girls in Chibok LGA of Borno state in 2014 in which many of the girls are still in their web till date.  The violence attack is not only in Nigeria as it has extended across the border areas, affecting those living around Lake Chad which includes Nigeria, Cameroon, Niger, and Chad.  Up till date the targeted violence has led to gross violation of human right, and has led to loss of over 6000 innocent civilians mostly in Borno state which remains the epicenter of the insurgence.  According to NEMA and IOM data analysis of January 2020, the numerical figures of Internal Displaced People (IDP) population is 2,035,232. This figure has excluded the number of communities who recently flee from their homes as the attack has continued thereby increasing the pre-existing refugee population.

Many of the survivors had gone through an unspeakable hardship as they are seeing both children and adults killed indiscriminately while women and girls are targeted for brutal sexual violence. All are in desperate need of protection, food, medical services, basic clean environment and other social services. The most pressing protection issues to be addressed is psychosocial distress , family separation of the child (parent/caregiver), child-headed households, gender based violence(GBV), including those in serious risk of sexual assault, child marriage, high risk of child labour and child trafficking.

To address these issues underlying protection in Northeast, CHAD acknowledged the context and the local terrain and has been responding to the major child protection issues in Borno state which remains the epicenter of the insurgence and in other nearby states.  On their arrival of the northeast humanitarian scene since 2015, CHAD has deployed various rapid responses to support children and their caregiver who have suffered from the ongoing humanitarian crises. The child protection response sectors include case management, family tracing and reunification (FTR), alternative placement, psychosocial support, awareness rising on prevalent related issues, strengthening community based network, service provision, education and conducting of referrals for other services that may be above CHAD’s area of interest.

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