Woman loses husband, 9 children to Boko Haram
from OKORO CHINEDU in Lagos, Nigeria
LAGOS, (CAJ News) – IN a grisly finding that highlights the torment Boko
Haram has caused in the North East, an Adamawa State woman has reportedly lost her husband and nine children to the insurgency that has
characterized the region over the years.
The setback is one of numerous tragedies a team of assessors from the
International Office of Migration (IOM) has established during a
just-concluded psychosocial needs assessment of internally displaced
persons (IDPs) in Adamawa State.
“Many of these individuals have stories of terrible loss. I spoke with a
lady who, prior to the Boko Haram attacks, had already lost her husband
and nine of her children. She has now also lost her only surviving
daughter. Added to this, she has had to leave her home and the source of
“There is no doubt that these people need psychosocial support of the kind that IOM can provide and that this will contribute towards building their resilience,” Lucy Gabriel, who led one of the psychosocial mobile teams, noted.
IOM is already providing psychosocial services in Borno State, where
mobile teams have worked since July 2014 in the aftermath of the abduction of the secondary school girls from Chibok.
The teams recurrently organize support activities, including discussion
groups, lay counseling and recreational activities for adults, teenagers
They also make referrals to primary and secondary healthcare for those who need it.
IOM Nigeria Chief of Mission, Enira Krdzalic, said the current situation
in the North East was tragic and had deeply affected not just individuals,
but also families and communities.
“While continuing to call on all parties to work towards a lasting
solution to the insurgency, IOM remains committed to supporting the
government in providing much-needed assistance to those affected by the
insurgency for as long as it is needed,” Krdzalic said.
Meanwhile, IOM has completed an initial psychosocial needs assessment of
internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Adamawa State.
France and Germany supported the exercise conducted in the first quarter
Psychosocial mobile teams, created and trained by IOM in March 2015,
visited IDP camps and conducted one-on-one and group interviews with IDPs, camp management and community leaders.
The findings of these assessments will provide a clear indication of the
individual, family and community psychosocial needs of those who have been displaced and affected by the Boko Haram insurgency, which has left
thousands dead and close to 1,5 million people displaced in Nigeria’s six
north eastern states.
The assessment will support the creation of different tailored
psychosocial activities, according to the identified needs and the inputs
received from the beneficiaries themselves.
– CAJ News
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