According to the parents, since the girl left without informing anybody, they have not heard anything about her whereabout. They were so grateful to our partner for the information and look forward to receiving her.
GPI Benin traced the family of Peter Ruth in Benin City. The girl was identified in Togo and 11th of April 2018 has been fixed for her return.
Equally traced the 24 girls identified in Burkina Faso and were returned through the Nigerian Embassy. During the tracing through phone calls, majority of them refused to disclose their addresses of where they were returned to. Some contacts reached even claimed not to know anything about the returnees in question. Some of the returnees said that they have been promised support by IOM and that they were not told anything about WAN to work with them in Nigeria. The only two that disclosed their addresses (one in Lagos and the second in Abuja) were referred to WOCON in Lagos and WAN Nigeria North, respectively.
We received the following seven cases:
7-year-old Acha Olayode from Cote D’lvoire was reunited with her parents in Ogun State.
Six deaf and dumb girls (between the ages of 17 to 26 years old) that were trafficked to Cotonou and were used for begging through Nigerian Immigration Service in Seme Border in collaboration with WAN Benin and Nigerian Embassy. Though they were from Kwara, Ekiti, Ogun, Ondo and Imo States by origin, they live in different parts of Ondo and were reunited with their families except the one from Imo State that was escorted to Imo.
The International Swiss Social Service (ISS) / West Africa Network for the Protection of children (WAN) supported project has contributed to the placing of the issue of children on the move on the agenda nationally and sub-regionally and the WAN Standards have been adopted by ECOWAS for use in the region.
372 children and young adults have been supported by WAN Nigeria South by way of uniting them with their families and re-integrating them into the society, by way of returning them back to schools, learn a trade and/or set up businesses for them.
In sensitization, some endemic communities of origin were sensitized on issues of children on the move, while also building capacities of local NGOs in 17 Southern States to better identify and support children on the move