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Girls standing against Child Marriage in DJAKO

In DJAKO returnee site in Chad, young girls dream of a better future

After the violence in the Central African Republic in 2013, more than 60,000 people have found refuge in Chad. Among them are refugees but also returnees such as those of the site of DJAKO which are close to the 1,500 people.

As in most camps in emergency situations, DJAKO also has its realities in terms of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV), but the young girls who live there have taken charge of their lives and are struggling for a better future.

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UNICEF Chad/2017/Azoura

« I am against the marriage of children because before the age of 18, the body of the girl itself is not ready to endure a child. Moreover, for me the school is sacred, so every young girl must have the opportunity to continue schooling, whether in a refugee, returnee camp or elsewhere.  » Fatoumata Zakaria, 15, Djako returnee site.

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UNICEF Chad/2017/Azoura

« Marriage is not for children. How can a girl who is also a child give birth to another child without complications during pregnancy or childbirth ? It’s impossible, that’s why I say NO to child marriage! « Fane Mahamat, 12, Djako returnee site.

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UNICEF Chad/2017/Azoura

« Caring for a baby is an art that only mature women can do. My mother always told me that marriage is not for children, so she allowed my older sisters to get married only after they all three got their majority. « Khalia Mahamat Nour, 17, Djako returnee site.

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UNICEF Chad/2017/Azoura

« The younger the girl is, the less she knows how to take care of her home and her children and she risks many health problems that can even cause her death, and if she dies, to whom the fault ? And Law N⁰. 029 is there to punish recalcitrant parents.  » Hapsita Yakhoub, 16, Djako returnee site.

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UNICEF Chad/2017/Azoura

« For me, the most important thing for a girl is to continue with school to be a great lady tomorrow. A girl who is not old enough to marry will not even be able to care for her , still less of her baby, and put the life of the latter in danger (disease, malnutrition etc). « Nidjema Zakaria, 11, Djako returnee site.

Since the establishment of the camp, UNICEF and its partners have organized dozens of information sessions on combating child marriage by disseminating the Law N⁰ 029, which serves as a springboard to keep girls in school. Thanks to this, more than 200 girls in the returnee site of DJAKO have the opportunity to continue with their studies without worrying about anything else.

By DIGUERA Azoura

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Kaltouma Merveille : une voix qui compte !

Kaltouma Merveille a 17 ans, elle est tchadienne, elle va à l’école et maintenant elle est U-Reporter.

« Je participe souvent aux activités du réseau des maisons de quartier grâce auquel nous les jeunes bénéficions de formation, de conseils et surtout d’un lieu de brassage et de rencontre. »

« Mes parents m’encouragent à participer aux activités tout en allant à l’école. Il y a de cela 8 mois nous avons été invités avec d’autres jeunes a une séance de consultation de l’UNICEF. Ce fut un grand jour, au début je ne comprenais pas vraiment le projet mais après quelques minutes d’échanges j’ai compris que ce projet était une fenêtre de communication pour nous les jeunes. »

« U-Report a été depuis lors un projet qui me tient à cœur. À la suite de ça j’ai souvent été sollicitée par l’UNICEF pour des consultations et ce qui m’a le plus touché c’est que tout ce que je disais ou faisais était pris en considération. »

« Tout d’abord j’ai posé pour des photos afin de représenter les jeunes du TCHAD sur la page web de U-Report Tchad. Ce fut un jour extra pour moi, l’opportunité d’apparaitre et de représenter fièrement les couleurs de mon drapeau. »

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« Par la suite nous avons été encore invités pour réfléchir et décider du contenu de la plateforme. Nous avons travaillé en groupe sur ce qui devrait apparaitre comme informations afin d’attirer le maximum de jeunes à adhérer au projet. »

« Notre objectif est de participer à l’amélioration des conditions de vie dans nos communautés et d’aider à la prise de décision en participant aux sondages. Soucieux de l’avenir de notre pays, nous les jeunes, avons le devoir de donner notre opinion afin d’aider le Gouvernement à prendre en compte nos préoccupations et à faire respecter nos droits les plus fondamentaux. »

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« Pour chaque rencontre tout a été documenté (photos, vidéos, documents signés, etc.). Nous recevions toujours la visite d’un membre du Ministère de la jeunesse qui venait assister aux consultations et qui discutait avec nous. Sincèrement c’est vraiment la première fois pour moi que je me fais entendre, que je donne mon avis, mon opinion et c’est aussi la première fois que mon avis compte, je me sens écoutée et grande. »

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« L’UNICEF ma conviée à faire le premier test avant même le lancement de la phase pilote pour être U-Reporter. S’inscrire à U-report est facile mais ce que j’ai compris c’est qu’il faut répondre fidèlement aux sondages et ne pas se décourager si on ne trouve pas toujours la réponse automatique qui correspond à nos besoins. Tout est étudié afin de répondre selon les priorités. Au Tchad nous sommes très nombreux nous les jeunes et nous avons tous des besoins surtout concernant l’éducation, l’emploi et la santé. Les U-Reporters ont beaucoup de travail qui les attends et le Gouvernement aussi. »

« Le 20 décembre, nous avons lancé U-Report et j’étais fière d’être présente à la cérémonie auquel j’ai donné le meilleur de moi pour que ça marche. La preuve est qu’en moins de 24h plus de 1000 U-Reporters ce sont inscrits au projet cela signifie qu’il y a encore de l’espoir et que nous ne devons pas désespérer car désormais notre voix compte.»

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For every youth, inspiration!

«Together» is 1 day of path-breaking conversation on a diverse range of topics, from youth role in the Chad, development issues to innovations. 10 speakers shared their stories that with yout bringing together a cross-section of determined people full o

A small and captive audience + a compelling speaker who gets about 15 minutes to narrate a strong and personal story. Youth got to learn from experiences and inspiration of their peers.

«Together» is 1 day of path-breaking conversation on a diverse range of topics, from youth role in the Chad, development issues to innovations. 10 speakers shared their stories that with yout bringing together a cross-section of determined people full o
« Everybody told me that I had no chance and that I should give up. I had to fight hard but I made it. » Evelyne, CEO of NaoFood a company serving school meals to unprivileged children.
«Together» is 1 day of path-breaking conversation on a diverse range of topics, from youth role in the Chad, development issues to innovations. 10 speakers shared their stories that with yout bringing together a cross-section of determined people full o
Every speaker at « Together » had an inspiring story to tell ! Youth participants could meet with some of the most exceptional young minds, challenge status quo, and propose innovative solutions for Chadian youth.
«Together» is 1 day of path-breaking conversation on a diverse range of topics, from youth role in the Chad, development issues to innovations. 10 speakers shared their stories that with yout bringing together a cross-section of determined people full o
Aleva (right) is the leader of the dancing troop « Tchadostars » he’s working on a project with streetkids, teaching them to express themselves and tell their stories dancing.
«Together» is 1 day of path-breaking conversation on a diverse range of topics, from youth role in the Chad, development issues to innovations. 10 speakers shared their stories that with yout bringing together a cross-section of determined people full o
Kartsym, a national stand-up star was here for the interludes between the speakers cracking a few jokes for the audience.
«Together» is 1 day of path-breaking conversation on a diverse range of topics, from youth role in the Chad, development issues to innovations. 10 speakers shared their stories that with yout bringing together a cross-section of determined people full o
« Together » was part of UNICEF 70th anniversary celebration. Youth subscribed directly from their high school and college or via social media.
«Together» is 1 day of path-breaking conversation on a diverse range of topics, from youth role in the Chad, development issues to innovations. 10 speakers shared their stories that with yout bringing together a cross-section of determined people full o
« I come from one of the poorest country in the world, but it doesn’t mean I can’t make a successful business » Andreas created one of the first start up of the country, Mossosouk.com.
«Together» is 1 day of path-breaking conversation on a diverse range of topics, from youth role in the Chad, development issues to innovations. 10 speakers shared their stories that with yout bringing together a cross-section of determined people full o
« With internet, I can meet new people, learn new things, teach others and share ideas to overcome the challenges our country is facing » Abdelsalam Safi, member of a youth bloggers platform « Wenalklabs
«Together» is 1 day of path-breaking conversation on a diverse range of topics, from youth role in the Chad, development issues to innovations. 10 speakers shared their stories that with yout bringing together a cross-section of determined people full o
« Chadian youth suffers from information poverty. that’s a fact. Yet media need to be youth-friendly and contribute to break the mainstream stereotypes in Chad, » Nancy Ndallah, Journalist, Chief Editor of the unique private TV station in Chad
«Together» is 1 day of path-breaking conversation on a diverse range of topics, from youth role in the Chad, development issues to innovations. 10 speakers shared their stories that with yout bringing together a cross-section of determined people full o
While young people form the majority of the population in Chad, they still have limited platforms to speak up. UNICEF-supported event « Together » gave that opportunity to youth to learn and inspire each other.

UNICEF’s 70th anniversary is an opportunity to support an activate talk bringing inspired youth together to share and drive solutions and innovations to achieve goals for children. In Chad, while young people form the majority of the population, they are still given limited platforms to speak up.

«Together» is 1 day of path-breaking conversation on a diverse range of topics, from youth role in the society, development issues to innovations. 10 speakers shared their stories that with youth bringing together a cross-section of determined people full of energy to deliver some of the most compelling stories that inspire change.

 

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