The project region covers the poorest, yet the most populated areas of Cameroon. Especially the big cities in the region have experienced a rapid population growth. This is due to an increasing migration of workers and adolescents from rural regions to the urban areas and the influx of refugees from Nigeria.
These migratory movements are accompanied by a rapid growth of children living and working in the streets unprotected from the dangers of everyday life. These children easily become victims of violence, economic and/or sexual exploitation, child trafficking or forced recruitment into the terrorist group Boko Haram. Also, many of them find themselves in prison or police custody due to minor thefts, where they have to face conditions that strongly interfere with their basic human and children’s rights. Effective governmental and civil society structures to protect these children are either missing or insufficient.
Additionally, in the prisons there are no offers or particular care for babies and infants accompanying their detained mothers. Educational, sanitation and health measures will be offered to support these small children who spend the first years of their life behind bars.
This project helps to strengthen the juvenile justice system and to render child protection more effective and sustainable. In particular:
Project costs: 662,200 €
Cover photo: Sports and educational activities introduced by ALDEPA in the newly established part for underaged detainees in the prison of Mokolo. Children have the right to engage in play and recreational activities, Art. 31 UN-CRC. © ALDEPA
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