DRC

Promoting safe behaviours towards mines and explosive remnants of war in North-East Nigeria

NEWS | 13 October 2017

During September 2017, teams in charge of Mine Risk Education (MRE) continued delivering 619 risk education sessions in Internally Displaced People (IDP) camps and host communities in Borno and Adamawa states, in the frame of the project "Promoting Resilience and Peaceful Coexistence Among Displacement Affected Communities in Northeast Nigeria", financed under the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa and implemented by Danish Refugee Council (DRC).

If the overall objective of the project is to promote stability and resilience among those affected by displacement in north-eastern Nigeria, it also seeks to enhance community safety and foster positive behavioural change in relation to mines, explosive remnants of war and improvise explosive device while improving community resilience and socio-economic recovery and empower at risk youth. 

In total, the teams led by Danish Refugee Council delivered Mine Risk Education sessions to a total of 12 382 people, of which 5 830 are children, girls and boys, from 6 to 17 years old, 3 361 are women and 3 191 men. These sessions took place in various Local Government Areas, including Bama, Ngala, Gwoza, Jere, Kaga, Konduga, MMC (Borno), Yola South, Girei, Michika and Mubi North (Adamawa).

Activities were intensified in Bama, where 3 305 people were trained with emergency MRE over the month in preparation of the relocation of an important number of IDPs in a new camp.

Field-testing session have been carried out with the new MRE material developed on the base of KAP (Knowledge, Attitude and Practices) survey findings, and results will be compiled to finalize the posters over the next month.

The material consists of one set of MRE posters for adults and one set for children, and will be used in the communities and the camps to deliver safety messages specifically adapted to the context of Northeast Nigeria.

More information in the  dated September. 

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