Dauda is 10 years old. He is from Bama, Borno State, northeast Nigeria. Today, he lives at a transit centre, the temporary home for hundreds of children and women, the survivors of the armed conflict in northeast Nigeria.
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Starting again after years in captivity
Lydia is unsure of her age. She never learned how to read or write and fails to guess how old she is. I too fail when she tells me that she has given birth to 7 children. Only three of them are alive today. Lydia is petite, with smooth flawless skin and not a wrinkle in sight. “Maybe I’m 20, or maybe I’m 30,” she says with an attempted smile that fails to reach her eyes. Her eyes are dark and speak of the horrors she has been through, long before she opens her mouth.
What we do
UNICEF aims to accelerate the realization of the rights of all children and women to survival, development, protection and participation. We promote efforts to reduce infant, child and maternal mortality; expand access to quality basic education; and strengthen social and child protection systems, using a rights-based and gender-sensitive approach.