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Durumi IDP Camp in Need of Urgent Assistance #WCC2017

Mallam Idriss Ibrahim Halilu is the Coordinator, Government and Public Affairs at the Durumi Camp. Today he told me about some of the biggest challenges they face. Medical is the biggest. They have a clinic but no drugs what so ever. The last time it was stocked was in late 2015 when a governors wife donated drugs. Since then nothing. There are currently a number of medical crisis on their hands – a toddler that drank poison, a man with severe typhoid, some in need of ante natal care. And – a nine year old girl that was raped so brutally the doctors don’t think she will be able to have children.

They have had no government assistance since 2014 when they were given ten bags of rice and the last time FEMA visited them was in 2015 when, according to Mallam Idriss, they dropped 5 cartons of mosquito coils for them. We can and should do better as a nation and as a people.

They need our help. Right now Mallam Idriss writes a letter to the presidency and the Human Rights Commission begging for help every time there is a medical emergency. Sometimes help comes to late and sometimes not at all. The camp chairman has refused to pen a bank account or adopt best practices that will enable the camp receive assistance and share it equitably to every one.

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Our project assistant and Mallam Idriss

Instead of a food drive we are organising a medical drive on their behalf. Donate medicines and if you are a medical worker please volunteer your time. People are suffering and dying. Remember, this can happen to any of us. War and conflict do not discriminate even while they affect women and children disproportionately.

If you would like to help them get in touch with Mallam Idriss directly on 0809 880 0181 or get in touch with us at Denk Spaces, 13 Uyo Close, Area 11, Garki.

Programs

Through The Eyes of Women From the Durumi IDP Camp in Abuja #WCC2017

The second in our series of art therapy workshops went brilliantly.  The young women had so much fun, we all did. I couldn’t help thinking that’s what they should be doing – having fun. Most of them are teenagers and a few of them are in their early twenties. Instead they are in an IDP camp separated from home and family. Many of the pictures they painted today were of houses. I understood.

They were so excited to share their new hobby with their friends in the camp we are planning to hold another workshop at the camp with our first 20 participants acting as trainers to other young women. Our facilitators were impressed how quickly the girls mastered the techniques and some of the paintings reveal talent that should be nurtured. We’ve promised the young women that we will continue to work with them till they all go home.

Our next workshop is in theatre and performance. The young women are eager and excited at the prospect of sharing their stories through song and dance and I for one can’t wait to  see what they come up with.

While our workshops are primarily therapy for the participants they also empower and enable  them to tell their stories themselves. Don’t look away.

 

Peace & Protection. Not Promises

 

Programs

‘Looking Through Her Eyes’ – An Exhibition of Paintings & Photography #WCC2017

Commissions from the sale of exhibits fund WCCs organisational development. Right now WCC’s primary institutional goals for 2018 are a functional work space, recruiting a stellar team and deepening our understanding of our environment.

We want to make this an annual event to continue to encourage the development of arts, to encourage the use of art therapy for victim support and healing and to use art to end violence against women in Nigeria, Africa and globally.

Next years event will be bigger, better and attract a wider diversity of artists – professional, amateur and beginners. We will announce our theme and make a call for submissions in early July 2018. We will also bring you more women’s stories from the other IDP camps that are in and around Abuja.

The community advocates that WCC trained in conflict resolution in Owerri in 2002 to keep the domestic peace used their skills to keep the community peace too and we want to test and scale our model as quickly and prepare more women at the community level for participation in peace architecture which is a key demand of the NGWomen4Peace movement.

WCC will also design and manage a communications campaign for NGWomen4Peace to support the movement meet its goal to reach and mobilise a critical mass of women nationally for a march on International Women’s Day in 2018 demanding peace, dialogue and women’s inclusion in national decision making.

We’re super excited about the future. Join us on this journey as we continue to bring peace to women and girls in Nigeria and all over the world. Join is in our 16 Days of Activism to end gender based violence. Speak out against all forms of violence and especially violence against women and girls. Speak up for the victims of gender based violence. Take a stand.

Peace & Protection. Not promises