Humanitarian Response: Child Protection Area of Responsibility (AoR)
Children are increasingly caught in fires between the parties to the conflict in the NWSW, raising children protection concerns. In August, in three separate incidents, three children died in crossfires, and another two were injured in the same incidents. The use of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) continues to be a concern too. While eight IED incidents were reported in July, mainly in the NW, 14 were reported in August with a majority in the SW. Even though no casualties among children were reported, advocacy on Mine Risk Education, with a special focus on IEDs, is critical.
Child Protection actors continued to provide child protection services to affected communities, reaching 69,208 children and caregivers including 34,484 females with different child protection interventions. Awareness-raising on CP and GBV risks as well as on COVID-19 preventive measures, and the importance of birth registration reached 33,300 beneficiaries including 8,744 girls and 7,255 women. This represents 48 per cent of beneficiaries reached during this reporting period. 11,031 children, including 5,803 girls as well as 859 caregivers, including 487 women, received mental health and psychosocial support services (MHPSS). Partners also reached 1,420 vulnerable children with case management services.