Happy World Humanitarian Day!!!
If you've been following me for a while or know me personally, you know that I see myself as a humanitarian at heart. And so, it was only natural that I did an event to honour this day, even though it was so last minute. You really don't want to know the story. I had procrastinated for so long on organising an event and eventually got my act together at 10a.m yesterday. Needless to say, for an impromptu event, I am glad at the turn out and how it went.
It was a roundtable discussion on the humanitarian issues in the North East and individuals who worked in organisations in that field were in attendance. Some of the organisations there were Abuja Global Shapers Community, Oxfam, Victims Support Fund, Stand to End Rape, Arm the Child NGO, the Presidential Committee on North East Initiative, The Presidency, Leadership Newspaper among others. And I'm so glad that I did this because I walked away more informed than I walked in. It was truly inspiring hearing these people talk about what they've seen, what is being done and their intellectual opinions on the crisis. Some of the issues that were raised are:
- The lack of pyschosocial support to people in the North east
- The failure of the Federal Government in learning from the mistakes of the Biafran War humanitarian crisis
- The need for better media coverage and less underrepresentation by the media
- Addressing the Almajiri system in the North and the vulnerability of children to extremist ideas and misinterpretation of the Quran
- Having organisations that more proactive about their interventions and going beyond IDP camps in to the North East to affected communities
- The lack of interest amongst average Nigerians due to unbelief, poor media representation or tribal division
- The need to disarm children from negative mindsets and arm them with education
- Addressing the motive of why children of insurgency/war want to become soldiers in the future etc
"Do your little bit of good where you are. It's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world." Desmond Tutu