Rescued kidnap victims receive psychosocial support in Kaduna

The Global Peace Foundation of Nigeria (GPF) and Kukah Center of Faith, Leadership and Public Policy, have said they will do all they can in providing psychosocial support to 80 rescued kidnap victims in Kaduna State.

Recall that many people have suffered in the hands of kidnappers for weeks and months in the state, going through psychological trauma in the process.

Speaking at the commencement of the programme in Kaduna, the Country Director, Global Peace Foundation Nigeria, Rev. John Hayab, explained that the providing psychosocial support to the victims is to allow them to pick up their lives after the harrowing experience.

Rev. Hayab observed that the world is facing increasing challenges everyday and their organisation has chosen to collaborate with Kukah Center, Christian Council of Nigeria, and many other NGOs to assist the victims that have gone through the experiences of kidnappers in the bush.

According to the Country Director, “Not only by standing with the victims of kidnapping, banditry and their loved ones, but by providing psychosocial support for them to pick up their pieces and take back their lives again.”

He explained that psychosocial support is an integral part of every humanitarian response which victims of kidnapping and their relatives need during and after their experiences.

He added that the psychosocial support also helps individuals and communities to heal psychological wounds and rebuild social structures after a critical event such as a kidnap experience.

He further explained that the programme could help change people into active survivors rather than passive victims, adding that early and adequate psychosocial support can prevent the distress and suffering they experienced from developing into something more severe.

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Rev. Hayab expressed confidence that the programme would also help people cope better and become reconciled to everyday life, adding that psychosocial support can help beneficiaries to resume their normal lives, because the pains of staying in the camp of bandits has psychosocial consequences.

“Emotional wounds may be less visible than the destruction of homes, but it often takes far longer to recover from emotional impact than to overcome material losses,” he added.

The country director, therefore, said that the psychosocial support and adaptation processes would respect local customs to fast track healing and allow the survivors to cope better with any difficult situation.

Hayab disclosed that the 80 kidnap survivors were from Bethel Baptist High School, Federal School of Forestry, Greenfield University and other victims from different parts of Kaduna state.

He added that they would do their best to keep this engagement ongoing with other victims so that they can work together to put behind them the unfortunate experiences they have gone through and start a new and better life.

Fr. Sixstus Onuh of the Kukah centre, in his remarks, explained that the programme was not to remind the victims of their past, but support them to move on in life.

The Northern Coordinator GPFN, Sheikh Halliru Maraya, enjoined Nigerians to shun violence and criminality and live together as one family under God.

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