Appraising the Effects of Conflicts on Reproductive Health of Internally Displaced Adolescent (IDA) Girls in Nigeria


Authors : PAUL ORUDE

Volume/Issue : Volume 6 - 2021, Issue 5 - May

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An estimated 50.8 million people were internally displaced by conflicts around the world in 2019. In 2018, Africa saw 7.5 million new conflict-related displacements– driven by an escalation of violence in West Africa. Nigeria has witnessed prolonged conflicts since 2009, with findings estimating that nearly two million people have been displaced by Boko Haram insurgency in the North Eastern part of the country alone. No fewer than 300,000 people have also been displaced as a result of the herdsmen-farmers’ violence in Benue, Nasarawa and Taraba States. This paper discussed the effects of prolonged displacement on the Reproductive Health (RH) of adolescent girls as in Nigeria as a result of sustained conflicts that have engulfed Nigeria for over two decades now. Several young girls who fled with their families are subsequently forced to dwell in internally displaced persons camps or in settlements often in most dishumanising conditions. Under this situation, their reproductive health may be violated. Contemporary works of literature in conflictprone displacement were critically reviewed adopting Alan’s articulation of conflict in society. The paper examines the extent to which such displacements influence the reproductive health of adolescent females in Nigeria. It recommends that government at all level should initiate policies and programmes to protect and promote the reproductive health of IDPs, particularly the adolescent female ones

Keywords : Conflict, Displacement, Reproductive Health, Adolescence, Health Practices

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