What if you have to escape Boko Haram, and you couldn't even scream? That’s the story of Amaboua, a 15-year-old deaf-mute girl from Cameroon and her long journey towards recovery. An EU funded project has helped her get the support she needs and it's helped her look towards the future. 

For every child, a future

The umbrella metaphor introduces the idea of protecting the school from the ‘rain’ of threats from Boko Haram and other dangers. Education in Emergencies looks to involve the whole school and even the parents and communities, in the process of developing ways to reduce those risks through the development of a School Emergency Preparedness and Response plan

Djibril, 12, gives a big smile as he wraps up school for the day at Liwa school. Life is not easy for displaced families and the struggles for survival, getting water, food and firewood can force some parents to keep their children out of school. Djibril is in a school that’s being supported by the EU so he is getting the foundation he needs to succeed in an uncertain world.

‘Kidnappy’ is another one of the fears that children carry inside them and wrote down as part of the Education in Emergencies exercise. Thousands of young girls have been kidnapped by Boko Haram and held for years in captivity. The EU funded project helps children articulate their deepest fears and then works with teachers and communities to better prepare children and the school community to a situation of school kidnapping.

Education in Emergencies is a project funded by the European Union and UNICEF. It is helping teachers and children overcome their fears of Boko Haram attacks.

Crisis at a glance

Voices of children

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Advocacy plays an essential part of addressing the crisis, both on the government level and among engaged citizens. Here are some things we can all do to help:

Educate yourself. Use the resources on this page to learn more about the factors influencing the Nigeria regional crisis and the people whose lives have been impacted.

Use your influence. Find out what your government is doing to help those affected by the crisis. Challenge your leaders to take action, whether through policies or aid.

Raise awareness. Start conversations with your friends and family. Connect with @UNICEF on social media and share news and stories from children in Nigeria and the region with your network.

Donate. Support UNICEF in our efforts to help children in Nigeria, Chad, Niger and Cameroon recover from severe malnutrition, illness and trauma.

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