Conflict and EmergencyGuinness Nigeria partners ActionAid to support Internally Displaced Persons.
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ActionAid International uses Community Based Approach to Conflict Transformation and Peace Building to address the issues of build up of tension and eruption of violent conflicts across Nigeria. ActionAid has been providing disaster response training, medical supplies, food and non-food needs to thousands of people across Nigeria which include internally displaced persons in North East Nigeria, victims of flood in Ondo, Bauchi, Kogi and Kebbi States as well as providing psycho-social support to women and children who have suffered post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
About 500,000 survivors of Boko Haram attacks currently live in IDP camps across North East Nigeria. Children who have not been to school for more than two years now, men who have lost everything and now sit doing nothing, nursing mothers waiting for husbands who may never come home again, lonely orphans who depend on occasional kindness from passing strangers and hundreds of others in various stages of psychiatric disorders and mental illness.
ActionAid Nigeria assists over 150,000 of mentally distressed survivors in Adamawa, Gombe and Borno States, providing them extensive psychosocial support through training and funding of special counsellors who work in the IDP camps And in the host communities outside the camps ActionAid also provides funds for specialist counselling and clinical care of the survivors at health facilities.