TODAY 19TH AUGUST IS WORLD HUMANITARIAN DAY
Around the world, conflict is exacting a massive toll on people’s lives. Trapped in wars that are not of their making, millions of civilians are forced to hide or run for their lives. Children are taken out of school, families are displaced from their homes, and communities are torn apart, while the world is not doing enough to stop their suffering. At the same time, health and aid workers – who risk their lives to care for people affected by violence – are increasingly being targeted.
Nigeria currently has the Highest Number of Out-of-School Children in the World, it is sad to note that 10.5 million children are out of school in Nigeria. Of the 10.5 million children out of school, 60% are from the northern region of the country, where education and safety are threatened by the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram.
The effect of boko-haram insurgency and incessant communal clashes have impacted negatively in so many communities. So many youths who lost their means of livelihood and are to start afresh are frustrated, children are out of school roaming about aimlessly on the street, anger and fear is high. This have stifled human resource development as education system upon which development trends depend was nearly brought to halt following torching of schools and displacement of teaching personnel.
Building a culture of peace at grassroots levels is Key. A society where 70-80% of its citizenry are literate, can avoid unnecessary chaos and unrest, thus bringing positive development to their lives and that of their societies.
For WHD 2017, humanitarian partners are coming together to reaffirm that civilians caught in conflict are #NotATarget.
Sign the petition at worldhumanitarianday.org to reaffirm that civilians caught in conflict are #NotATarget.