UNFPA to provide counselling for released Chibok girls


The United Nations Population Fund UNFPA in Nigeria, says it is on standby to provide emergency reproductive health care, psychosocial counselling especially to the 82 girls just released by Boko Haram.

In a statement on Monday, UNFPA said “an emergency team of psychosocial counsellors and health professionals have been deployed to assist with the profiling of the girls, so their critical needs can be met.”

In the statement UNFPA said that it has also provided “dignity kits, consisting of culturally appropriate attire and intimate hygiene supplies, which will be distributed to help restore the dignity of the girls.”

According to UNFPA, it has in partnership with Nigeria’s Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, continued to support women and girls who are survivors of sexual and gender-based violence.

UNFPA said the newly-released girls will also be part of a similar rehabilitation programme that was set-up for the 21 Chibok girls who were released in October 2016.

“The programme is tailor-made to meet each girl’s specific needs of counselling, to help overcome the trauma endured after being held under captivity for more than three years. The programme includes among others; access to quality education to bridge the learning gap created during the abduction, access to reproductive health care for their sexual well-being and rehabilitation support, and a skills-acquisition programme to ease their re-integration into their society,” UNFPA said.

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