In celebration of World Humanitarian Day, The International Coalition for the Eradication of Hunger and Abuse, (ICEHA), in partnership with Dreams From The Slum Initiative launched ICEHA’s Healing Through Art program benefitting internally displaced persons (IDPs) living in Kirikiri Town Lagos. The program uses art to help identify and assist displaced persons suffering posttraumatic stress disorders, pain, fear, anger, and violence. Participants were comprised of children, teenagers, youths , men and women mostly from the Northeastern states of Adamawa, Borno, Yobe, and Taraba states who were displaced as a result of the Boko Haram insurgency.
Speaking with ArewaDaily, Amina Mallam who escaped the Boko Haram kidnappers in Chibok, shared her memories of the event. “It was very scary, I was very afraid, and there was nothing I could do. For over a year now I don’t know the whereabouts of my parents, I had to escape for my life.” She said, sobbing
Another displaced person, Barrister Danjuma who cares for the IDPs, reflected on the Healing Through Art event, “we’ve not been shown love this way before, we’ve had series of visits in the past by various organizations but this one is different.” He thanked ICEHA and Dreams from the Slum Initiative for the extraordinary love and acceptance shown to them.