Abused children receive little protection in the Niger Delta. Government services lack the resources and knowledge they need to help children rebuild their lives. And too many crimes are never reported. That's why we’re working to bring perpetrators to justice.
Barrister James Ibor risks his own safety to help protect children. He sees it as his mission in life to end child abuse and make sure that those who harm children answer for their crimes. Recently, we spoke with James and he recounted how our partnership formed:
"I once worked on a case where three children were accused of witchcraft and were burnt to extract confessions. I didn’t know what to do; the police wanted money to pursue the case and I had just come out of law school. So a friend introduced me to someone from Safe Child Africa, together we rescued the children from their parents who wanted them dead. The youngest was fainting when we rescued her, the wounds on the children were terrible. We treated their wounds, provided counselling, and referred them to an orphanage where they are now. They are exceptionally brilliant kids, they are doing very well and are topping all of their classes, even though the children were not in school when we rescued them.
Protecting abused children
Sadly, many children in the Niger Delta experience abuse including violence, neglect, and abandonment. Shockingly, large numbers of children particularly girls, suffer rape and other forms of sexual abuse. We provide the full range of services that these children need including medical care, counselling, and a safe place to stay.
We also work with the government to help them to improve the care that they can give to children.
Helping children get justice
We believe that any child who suffers abuse should be able to receive justice. That's why we work with specialist Nigerian lawyers to bring criminal charges against those who mistreat children. And we make sure that children and communities know that there are laws that protect children.