Institute ends workshop on Children, Armed Conflict in Yobe
By Mohammed Abubakar, Damaturu Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) in collaboration with United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has ended a one-day validation and identification workshop for community stakeholders on the “High Risk Areas on Children and Armed Conflict (CAC)” in Yobe State. Chief Researcher, IPCR, Chukwumeka Mbah, explained that the workshop was convened to strengthen advocacy and community level intervention for protection of children affected by armed conflict in Northeast Region. "In Yobe State from the research and survey conducted by IPCR /UNICEF children were killed during the era of insurgency, while the aim of the workshop is to have a validated documents". According to Mbah, six grave violations against children were identified: killing and maiming of children, abduction of children, rape and other forms of social violence against children, recruitment and use of children by armed forces or armed groups, attacks on schools and hospitals and denial of humanitarian access, respectively. UNICEF Representative, Aliyu Rambo, in his presentation stated that violations against children had effects on child development and growth in the society. Paul Gwaza of the IPCR presented the key findings of the mapping of the high risk areas on CAAC in Yobe State. In his vote of thanks, one of the participants who is also the Chairman of Geidam Local Government Area, Dr. Mulima Mato, thanked the organizers of the workshop. "it would go a long way in enabling the government and policy makers have accurate data, useful for the implementation of government policies and programmes," he said.