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Providing mentoring for orphans and vulnerable children in internally displaced person camps: The case of northern Nigeria

Nathan H. Chiroma
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 72, No 1 | a3544 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v72i1.3544 | © 2016 Nathan H. Chiroma | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 06 June 2016 | Published: 31 October 2016

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Nathan H. Chiroma, Department of Practical Theology and Missiology, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa


The challenge of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) has become central to the response of many organisations (UN, UNHCR, AONN, UNAIDS, UNFPA, UNICEF, etc.) today. The number of OVC throughout northern Nigeria is growing as a result of the Boko Haram pandemic. Mostly, this is caused by the death of parents who have been killed by the insurgents. It has been estimated that by 2015, 200 000 children under the age of 18 had been orphaned by the Boko Haram insurgents. As the number of OVC is growing, it is becoming more and more difficult for their communities to address all their needs, including their need for positive role models and mentors. This article discusses the role that mentoring can play in the development of OVC affected by violence in northern Nigeria, specifically those in internally displaced person (IDP) camps. This article argued that one approach to improve the holistic care of OVC in IDP camps in northern Nigeria is through the use of mentors.


Mentoring; orphans and vulnerable children; internally displaced camps


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