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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