Sensitization for Psychosocial Support and Rehabilitation for Inmates, Victims of Torture and Vulnerable People

Recently, LGCF conducted an engaging sensitization program in Yola, Adamawa state, focusing on psychosocial support and rehabilitation for inmates, victims of torture, and vulnerable individuals. This program, funded by the European Union through the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT) and United Against Torture, aims to create awareness, provide support, and empower those affected by torture.   Day 1: GDSS Malkohi Sensitization: On the first day of the program took our team to GDSS Malkohi, situated within an Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp in Adamawa state. The team engaged with students, most of whom were residents of the camp, to educate them about the implications of torture and the available reporting mechanisms. Through interactive sessions, the students were empowered with knowledge and encouraged to become advocates against torture. By reaching out to the younger generation, LGCF is fostering a culture of compassion and empathy that will have a lasting impact.   Day 2: Nigerian Correctional Center, Yola New: Continuing our impactful journey, our team visited the Nigerian Correctional Center in Yola New, where they engaged with inmates. The focus of the discussions was on the consequences of torture and the importance of rehabilitation. Through enlightening focus group discussions, valuable insights were gained, enabling LGCF to further tailor our efforts to address the specific needs of the inmates. The leadership of the correctional facility in Yola New expressed satisfaction with the program and pledged their ongoing support, recognizing its potential to bring about positive change.   Commitment and Collaboration: The success of LGCF’s sensitization program is a testament to the commitment and collaboration of various stakeholders. The European Union’s funding, channelled through the IRCT and United Against Torture, has provided the necessary resources to make this initiative possible. Furthermore, the support and cooperation of GDSS Malkohi and the Nigerian Correctional Center, Yola New, have played a crucial role in ensuring the program’s effectiveness and sustainability.   LGCF’s sensitization program highlights the advantages of rehabilitation and psychosocial support for inmates, victims of torture, and vulnerable individuals. By raising awareness about the consequences of torture, the program encourages reporting mechanisms, ensuring that the voices of survivors are heard and justice is sought. Additionally, by emphasizing the significance of psychosocial support, LGCF aims to provide a safe space for healing, addressing the emotional and psychological traumas inflicted by torture. Through vocational training and skill-building initiatives, we equip individuals with the tools necessary for their reintegration into society, fostering a sense of hope and empowerment.

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LGCF Kickstarts its Radio Program on Rehabilitation and Psychosocial Support for Torture Victims

Introduction: Torture, an egregious abuse of power and violation of human rights, leaves deep physical, emotional, and psychological scars on its victims. Recognizing the urgent need to address this issue, the Legend Golden Care Foundation (LGCF) with funding from the European Union (EU), through the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT), and the United Against Torture, has launched a groundbreaking radio program. The primary aim of this program is to shed light on the horrors of torture, challenge the stigmatization faced by survivors, and provide crucial information about their rights and avenues for legal recourse. In addition, the program emphasizes the importance of rehabilitation and psychosocial support for torture victims. Episode Highlights: On the first and second episodes of this thought-provoking radio program held last month, LGCF had the privilege of hosting distinguished guests who brought their expertise and insights to the discussion. Mr. Kabiru Aliyu, Deputy Director of the Monitoring Department at the National Human Rights Commission, shared his invaluable knowledge of the rights of torture survivors and the role of the commission in addressing torture cases. Angela Uwandu, the remarkable Country Director of Avocats Sans Frontieres France, provided an inspiring perspective on the issue of trauma among female torture survivors and reporting mechanisms.    Program Schedule and Objectives: The radio program, scheduled to air every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month, serves as a powerful platform to raise awareness about torture and its devastating consequences. By reaching a wide audience, it aims to break the silence surrounding this heinous act and encourage individuals to take a stand against torture. The program also focuses on combating the stigmatization faced by survivors, promoting understanding and empathy within society.   Education and Reporting Mechanisms: One of the core objectives of the program is to educate the public about the reporting mechanisms available for torture cases. Many survivors hesitate to come forward due to fear, lack of knowledge, or the belief that justice is unattainable. By providing accurate information, LGCF aims to empower victims and their families to seek justice and support. The radio program also highlights the importance of documenting and reporting incidents of torture to ensure accountability and prevent future occurrences.   Rehabilitation and Psychosocial Support: LGCF recognizes that rehabilitation and psychosocial support are vital for torture survivors to heal and rebuild their lives. The radio program strives to create awareness about the availability of therapeutic interventions and support services. By emphasizing the benefits of rehabilitation, including physical and mental healthcare and counselling, LGCF aims to encourage survivors to seek the assistance they need and deserve.   The LGCF radio program on rehabilitation and psychosocial support for torture victims marks a significant step in the ongoing fight against torture and the advocacy for survivors. By raising awareness, challenging stigmatization, and educating the public, this program aims to foster a society that rejects torture and provides support to those affected. Through the collaboration of IRCT, and the United Against Torture and funding from the EU, this radio program serves as a beacon of hope, guiding survivors towards healing, justice, and a brighter future.   Join us every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month as we continue to explore this critical issue and work towards a world free from torture, where the rights and well-being of all individuals are respected and protected.

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