Protection (Child Protection and Gender-based violence)
Protection (Child Protection and Gender-based violence) is one of Jireh Doo Foundation’s (JDF) strong thematic areas. Over the years, JDF has impacted the lives of the affected population positively through the provision of quality child protection and GBV prevention and response services in Askira/Uba, Konduga, and Maiduguri metropolitan council (MMC). Currently, JDF is working in Dikwa local government area, one of many of the LGAs in Borno State that has been greatly hit by the humanitarian crisis. The humanitarian crises have disrupted family and social networks increased protection risk and exposed people to further harm, changed the roles played by different genders, and broke down protection structures.
In Dikwa, JDF is providing child protection and GBV services, identification of vulnerable marginalized groups, and provision of case management services in Kanumburi cross through already established child friendly and women and girl’s safe spaces with the aim of preventing and responding to abuse, neglect, exploitation, and violence against IDPs and Host Community children and women affected by the crisis.
What was the issue or challenge on the ground and why is JDF collaborating with partners and donors to providing to these issues?
North-east Nigeria has been under frequent attacks in the past decades which has left several millions of people displaced, homeless, insecure with no means/reduction of livelihood and basic services such as education, health care, water, livelihood, protection, and other resources. The reduction of basic services and livelihoods are exacerbating the vulnerabilities of the affected population.
The humanitarian crisis in Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe (BAY) states remains one of the most severe in the world today with the third-highest level of internal displacement in Africa. The security situation across BAY states continues to remain volatile and Borno in particular has been hit severely by consistent attacks in some of her LGAs. Over 80 percent of IDPs are in Borno State, the epicenter of the crisis and over 60 percent are living in host communities, exerting pressure on the already-stretched resources of these communities. Hence, the rate of Gender-based Violence (GBV) and other child protection issues continues to increase coupled with a lack of awareness and access to basic services.
Dikwa Local Government Area (LGA) is located in eastern Borno and lies 90 km east of Maiduguri. The estimated population of Dikwa LGA is 113,9021, which includes 75,470 internally displaced persons(IDPs). 81 percent of the IDPs live in formal camps, while 19 percent live with the host communities. 38 percent of households are female-headed in the formal camp, and 23 percent in the host community