PSYCHOSOCIAL SUPPORT TO BE PROVIDED TO CHIBOK GIRLS

The UNFPA has pledged to be on standby to provide urgent psychosocial support and reproductive health care to the rescued girls that were captured by Boko Haram in Chibok, Nigeria.

babatunde-ostimehinExecutive Director for UNFPA Nigeria Dr. Babatunde Ostimehin, stated that the organization will be providing reproductive health kits that encompass live-saving supplies to bridge the gap, to ensure that affected women and girls continue to have access to reproductive health services. UNFPA will also be providing psychosocial support and counselling towards survivors to start the healing process of mental, and psychological trauma. The organization has an extensive background of delivering such assistance in the country, having supported over 174 000 survivors in affected Nigerian states, additionally delivering 88 000 babies.

21 of the kidnapped Chibok Girls who were abducted by Boko Haram over 900 days ago were set free on Thursday, having an intensive emotional reuniting with their families the very same day. The kidnapped girls bring light to the intensive atrocities brought by the terrorist group in Northern Nigeria. Since 2009, Boko Harm has predominantly affected the North Eastern states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe. The terrorist group has killed 30 000 people, internally displaced 1.8 million and kidnapped a total of 7 000 women and girls. Although various organisations and governments have taken measures to curb the extremism and disruption to peace and security, more measures must be taken to ensure political stability in the region, while meeting the mental health needs of those affected by Boko Haram.