(只有英文)聯合國兒童基金會國際親善大使奧蘭多‧布魯姆到訪尼日爾 探訪受博科聖地暴力影響的兒童及家庭

 

(只有英文)聯合國兒童基金會國際親善大使奧蘭多‧布魯姆到訪尼日爾 探訪受博科聖地暴力影響的兒童及家庭

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom (left) smiles as he speaks with twelve-year-old Eta Ibrahim at her family's home, where she lives with her father - the village chief, and her four siblings, in Bosso, Niger, Sunday 19 February 2017. Eta remembers the attacks vividly. It was the 6th of February 2015 around 7AM when she first heard the shootings. Her father and older brother went hiding in the bush while she waited in fear. Around 8AM, Boko Haram forced the door of her home and lined them up in the courtyard, looking for her father and threatening to kill everyone if they didn’t give him up. They eventually left with captives. She cried until exhaustion and fled by foot with her family the next day to Yébi where they had relatives. She remembers the thirst and the hunger of their journey but when she finally received some food, she couldn’t eat. She couldn’t sleep for months because of the nightmares where she would see Boko Haram coming after her to kill her. She fled to Diffa where she resumed school but she didn’t know anyone there and felt lonely. Her mother became ill while they were displaced and eventually died. In October 2016, she finally went back to Bosso where she feels much better. She has resumed her education, starting 7th grade with her friends. She now sleeps better. One day, she dreams of becoming a doctor to help the sick and wounded.

In late February 2017, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom travelled to Diffa, south-east Niger, to highlight the ongoing humanitarian crisis in West Africa’s Lake Chad Basin (Niger, Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon). Boko Haram violence has caused huge population displacements, leaving hundreds of thousands of children in a critical situation, out of education and at risk of malnutrition. Across the four countries, 2.3 million people are now displaced, making this one of the fastest growing displacement crises in Africa. The Diffa region currently hosts over 240,000 internally displaced people, refug

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Orlando Bloom speaks with Eta, 12, Bosso, Niger, 19 February 2017. Two years ago Boko Haram forced into her family home and lined them up in the courtyard, looking for her father and threatening to kill everyone if they didn’t give him up. They fled.

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1.3 million children displaced by violence across region

NEW YORK/NIAMEY, Niger/ HONG KONG, 24 February 2017 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom this week travelled to Diffa, south-east Niger, to highlight the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the Lake Chad Basin where Boko Haram violence has caused huge population displacements. Hundreds of thousands of children across the region have been forced from their homes, are out of education and at risk of malnutrition.

In areas affected by the violence in Niger, Nigeria, Chad and Cameroon, 2.3 million people are now displaced, making this one of the fastest growing displacement crises in Africa. The Diffa region currently hosts over 240,000 internally displaced persons, refugees and returnees – including 160,000 children.

“As a father, it is hard for me to imagine how many of these children are caught up in this conflict. During my trip I have heard dreadful stories about children fleeing on foot, leaving everything behind, including the safety of their homes and classrooms,” said Bloom, who first travelled to see UNICEF’s work in 2007.

Bloom met with children such as 14-year-old Amada Goni who has been living with his family in Garin Wazam, a camp for displaced persons. When the crisis began, many of Amada’s friends joined Boko Haram, some voluntarily, others not. He opened up to Bloom about the terrible nightmares he has and how he still doesn’t feel safe since his village was attacked eight months ago. Amada now goes to the UNICEF-supported psychosocial support unit every day where he gets help to deal with the trauma he faced and where he has met new friends.

“When I go there to play, I feel good, I feel relieved, I feel much better. It helps with the nightmares,” he told Bloom.

“It is extremely hard to comprehend this situation when you are not there. I saw the depth of the pain and suffering these kids are going through. This is not something any child should experience,” said Bloom. “However it was amazing to witness the smile on Amada’s face as he played basketball with his friends. This is the result of UNICEF’s work.”

“So many children in Niger and across the Lake Chad region have been uprooted by this crisis,” said Marie-Pierre Poirier, UNICEF’s Regional Director for West and Central Africa. “They have suffered unimaginable violence and abuse, they have lost their families, their homes and missed out on years of education. What these children need most is an end to the violence, and until that is possible, we must do all we can to support them in rebuilding their lives.”

During his time in Niger, Bloom also visited Bosso on the border of Nigeria where he met 13-year-old Eta, who fled with her family when her house was burned by Boko Haram. Now attending a temporary school opened by UNICEF, she dreams of becoming a doctor, working for the well-being of her community.

“This visit has been extremely moving. Every single child I met is affected by this conflict and in desperate need of basic services such as clean water, psychological care and education to help them recover from the atrocities they have suffered and witnessed. They deserve a childhood,” said Bloom.

UNICEF and its partners in Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger have increased the level of assistance to thousands of families in the region, with access to safe water, education, counselling and psychosocial support, as well as vaccines and treatment for malnutrition. However, a shortage of funding and difficult access due to insecurity have hindered the delivery of humanitarian assistance to thousands of children in need.