ChildVoice is thrilled to celebrate the grand opening of our new Youth Empowerment Center (YEC) at Malkohi internally displaced person (IDP) camp in northeastern Nigeria. This YEC is a much-needed improvement for the many displaced Nigeria youth living in the camp who are in dire need of counseling and skills training. Our Nigeria team is now much better equipped to provide these services.
While visiting the Malkohi IDP camp at the end of March, ChildVoice President Conrad Mandsager also attended a briefing by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to learn about an EU-funded intervention for the conflict between nomadic herdsmen (such as the Fulani) and farmers in northern Nigeria. This complicated conflict has been escalating, resulting in thousands of deaths and hundreds of thousands of people being displaced from agricultural lands.
As part of an initiative to build bridges of peace among these communities in conflict, our Nigeria team has brought in a cohort of Fulani adolescents to work alongside current ChildVoice YEC students, many of whom have been displaced from their agricultural villages by Fulani attacks. It is our hope that as these Fulani youth are absorbed into the larger YEC community, they will be able to act as bridges across a cultural divide that has kept the Fulani in conflict with local agricultural villages.
We remain incredibly grateful for the support we continue to receive from donors as we continue to build up our rehabilitative capacity for displaced and traumatized youth in Nigeria!
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