As part of a campaign to impact the younger generation with knowledge of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) in Nigeria, Center for Media Advocacy for Mother and Child (CAMAC), on Thursday organised a sensitisation meeting for children in Zion in Christ Orphanage Home, Kamazou, Chikun Local Government area of Kaduna State – Northwest Nigeria.
Founded in 2020 by Bilhatu Vou Dung, popularly known as “Mummy Zion”, the orphanage currently has 28 children between eight-month-old and 17-year-old mostly orphaned by unrest in Plateau State communities.
Addressing the children on how to identify red flags of SGBV, Program Officer of CAMAC, Christiana Saidu, told them not to allow anyone to take advantage of them because they are special children.
According to her, “Your body is so special, and everything in it must be seen and treated as private, which means nobody is permitted to touch you for whatever reasons.
“In any case someone touches any part of their body in school or anywhere else, you should immediately report the person to your teachers and your mother (Mummy Zion) when you get home”.
Christiana further noted that the issue of sexual abuse is no longer about girls alone, “there is a need for both boys and girls to take note of people who would want to play with them by touching any part of their body.
“You have 5 parts of your body that are private and you should never allow anyone to touch them. They are; your mouth, chest, tummy, and under your pants. Your body belongs to you and it is private, don’t share it, and don’t ever allow anybody to touch it.
“If any adult asks you to come and watch a movie on their phone don’t go because after watching they will want to teach you what you have watched. Always remember to report such people if you don’t want them to ruin your future.
“We want you to go back to school with this knowledge so that if you see them happen just know that they are trying to violate you or anyone around you, so don’t keep quiet.
“When you report them you don’t only save yourself, you will save a whole lot of children who might be victims of those evil people. Love yourself the way God loves you and don’t allow any of your friends to make you believe you would have been better if you were the other sex”. Christiana cautioned the children.
On his part, Executive Director of CAMAC, Alex Uangbaoje urged the children to focus on their studies and never give attention to anything that will distract them because their mother (Mummy Zion) is working tirelessly to give them the best education.
He therefore cautioned them to also be mindful of adults in their community who would want to send them to buy things like cigarettes, alcohol, and any substances that are harmful, saying “If you agree to help them buy, one day they will teach you how to use them and am sure you are good children and will not want to do that.
Responding, Founder of the Home Mummy Zion said, the impact of the sensitisation would be felt for a long time because it is the first time any organization would talk about the topic to the children.
“Of a truth, this came timely. And it is with gladness we say thank you. You have blessed the children and the Lord will bless you. The Lord will replenish your energy and crown your efforts. For all the good that you did, you shall receive uncountable blessings”