Humanitarian Response: Protection
Protection partners identified significant protection needs during an assessment in Menchum division in the NW, where inter-communal tensions between livestock farmers and crop farmers have been reported. The assessment also revealed the need for child support and mental health and psychosocial support services (MHPSS). The lack of schooling has resulted in increased teenage pregnancies, child labour and rape cases perpetrated by parties to the conflict. Criminality and delinquency amongst out-of-school youths have increased. Limited health service providers available in hard-to-reach areas, which record higher incidents of sexual and GBV (SGBV), left many survivors without adequate assistance. In addition, many displaced persons do not have their civil documents, which limits their access to essential services.
Partners reported 597 protection incidents in the NWSW regions. They reached 6,179 persons through protection monitoring activities including 2,964 most vulnerable persons who needed targeted protection assistance. 40 individuals received training on housing and land property rights (HLP), while 572 persons received legal support on access to or regaining their properties. Sensitization on HLP reached 1,908 individuals.
Several subdivisions are not covered by protection monitoring activities due to a lack of funds. Frequent confrontations between parties to the conflict prevent humanitarians from assisting affected populations in hard-to-reach areas and armed men are threatening humanitarian actors in Manyu division in the SW.