CHAD commitment to restore families linkages and prevent family separation

The protracted humanitarian crisis in north-east Nigeria, currently in its 10th year and led to the displacement of people and exacerbated poor standard of living among communities. More so, the mass displacement has led to passive or active family separation.  During a period of upheaval, families flee away in an attempt to prevent being victims of attack; as a consequence, children are often abandoned or sent ahead to live with close relatives or community members.  In crises situation such as the current ongoing armed rebellion from the Non-state Armed Group (NSAG) against the Nigerian military and civilians in the northeast, the ongoing crises have led to destruction of lives, separation of family links and gross violation of human rights. The breaking down of family links has imposed more serious harm to these helpless minors, as they are left unaccompanied by adult. The implication is that the children are been  exposed to risk, neglect and abuse, exploitation as well other gross  violation of human right associated with family separation. In addition, it can lead to nervous breakdown as the children are been exposed to danger. Pitiable enough, most of these children who succeeded from the hands of the insurgent and reside in the IDP camps, host communities or country of asylum are suffering; they are forced to care for themselves, hence, reunifying these children back to their parents or caregivers are paramount to enable them to enjoy a safe and healthy development.

Family Tracing and Reunification (FTR) is one of the core components of child protection case management. The guild line principle which is underpinned by CHAD International aims to restore family links and to prevent family separation. CHAD’s action in promoting family reunification is supported by the principles, set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948 and the Convention on Civil and Political Rights of 1966 that “the family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.”

CHAD is highly committed to assist those in need of humanitarian help, mostly the vulnerable minors and their families. CHAD employs dedicated staff who knows the job as well have the passion to render humanitarian services. Despite the complicated nature of reunion and the safety threat faced during tracing, our staff are dedicated to ensure that family linkages are restored through a thorough community based approach that solicit support from stakeholders including government agencies, partners and community members to reunite children with the primary caregivers.

 CHAD FTR program aims to prevent family separation, looking for missing persons (children, parents/caregivers, and relatives) restores and maintains contacts between family members, and clarify the fate of persons reported missing.