Borno State Government has launched a psycho-social treatment to help victims of Boko Haram attacks in 12 local government areas in the state to overcome their trauma and mental challenges.
Speaking at a sensitisation workshop organised by the state Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development at the weekend in Maiduguri, the state Commissioner for Women Affairs, Hajiya Galadima, said the psycho-treatment services would be provided to vulnerable groups, mostly women, children and physically challenged persons in the 12 selected local government areas.
She said her ministry was undertaking the exercise for Boko Haram victims in conjunction with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), human rights organisations, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and other stakeholders.
The local governments selected for the exercise are Bama, Biu, Konduga, Kaga, Maiduguri Metropolitan Council, Gwoza, Damboa, Chibok, Mafa, Ngala, Hawul and Jare.
She said the areas were carefully selected because they were the worst affected by the over three years insurgency.
“We believe that they have suffered the adverse experiences of emergency situation more than the remaining local government areas of the state,” the commissioner stated.
She commended UNICEF for what she described as its prompt attention in the area of trauma and support through the psycho-social support and protection services in the selected local government areas.
The Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Alhaji Baba Garbai, in his message, noted that women and girls suffered more during Boko Haram attacks, saying many of them were often forcefully taken as sex slaves and servants by their abductors.
The United Nations Children’s Fund representative in Nigeria, Dr. Alfred Mutiti, said the fund had trained 55 volunteer workers in psycho-social support and protection to be deployed to the 27 communities of the 12 selected local government areas to carry out the psycho-social services to the victims of the insurgency.
Alfred said displaced persons, especially women and children needed the psycho-social support services to rebuild their traumatised lives. He said the Boko Haram insurgency had led to the destruction of social institutions responsible for the development of children.