Life of Girls in Destitutes Camp

By Olufunke Fayemi

Okobaba in Ebutte-Meta, Southwest Nigeria is my case study. This place houses Destitutes of about ten thousand. About over forty percent are women. This environment is highly filthy with no one who truly cares about the girls growing up there. Most of the girls do not go to school, rather they bet for alms and stay at home taking care of the home for their physically challenged mothers. As girls need to know about themselves for them to take informed decisions, I looked at how the camp is, the efforts of government on the camp, involvement of nongovernmental organizations and well – meaning Nigerians as well as the feelings of some of the girls living in Okobaba.

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