Humanitarian Response: Child Protection Area of Responsibility (AoR)
The situation of children and adolescents in the NWSW regions remains dire. Cases of child rights violations continued to be reported by Child Protection (CP) actors in the field, mainly sexual violence, and attacks on schools. Several incidents of alleged child trafficking were reported by Child Protection actors, such as the case of 26 children who were allegedly trafficked by two adult traffickers from Ekondo-Titi in Ndian division in the SW to Limbe in Fako division in the SW. They were intercepted by Government agents and taken to the Limbe Gendarmerie. CP AoR and its members followed up on the case and coordinated with relevant authorities to find a solution in the best interest of affected children. Reports from the field indicate that the main driver for child trafficking is the worsening humanitarian situation in the NWSW regions.
CP AoR partners reached more than 17,100 children and caregivers with different activities and interventions. More than 8,000 children and caregivers were reached with psychosocial support services and positive parenting skills in child-friendly and other safe spaces. As for child protection case management services, CP AoR members reached 400 children throughout the SW and NW regions. 26 children, including 15 girls and 11 boys, were reunited with their families and/or placed in alternative care arrangements. More than 5,200 individuals were sensitized on child protection and GBV issues, as well as COVID-19 and its preventive measures.