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Violence Prevention in Miskitu Communities

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Start project:
  • 2017
Donors:
  • Kerk in Actie
Partners:
  • Acción Médica Cristiana

This project contributes to the prevention of violence in Waspam and two communities along the Coco River (Nicaraguan North Caribbean Coast). Children and youths work with parents to generate non violence at homes and in community spaces. This initiative is part of a program that promotes opportunities for Indigenous and Afrodescendant Youths in Nicaragua and Guatemala, developed with the financial support of Kerk in Actie (KIA).

The municipality of Waspam has a population of over 70,000 people, of which 45% are men and 55% women. 13% of is't population live in urban areas, 87% live in rural communities. Waspam has Human Development Index below 0.437, with 67.1% of its population living in extreme poverty. Scarce sources of employment, lack of road and social infrastructure, unsufficient institutional presence and limited funds allocated to programs for local well-being and development, including health and education, are among the causes of poverty. The impoverishment of families has multiple consequences, including: children and adolescents selling drugs, commercial sexual exploitation of children and adolescents, children dropping out of school to work, impunity of human traffickers, among others.

Conflicts and violence in this region may be traced back to 1980, when there was forced displacement of the Miskitu population, violating indigenous culture and cosmovision. Access to drugs, mainly marijuana and crack from Honduras, and the presence of youth groups that perform criminal acts, commiting violence and domestic and sexual abuse, lead to commercial sexual exploitation. Many children and adolescents suffer violence in their homes and are thrown into the streets where they immerse themselves in the world of drug use.

Adolescent pregnancy is another problem, especially in an area where girls give birth as early as 15 years old or less. The virginity of girls and adolescents is seen as a family asset that can be sold and/or exchange. Children and adolescents often experience physical and emotional abandonment by parents, child abuse and sale of daughters and sons.

The lack of jobs also affect these communities as it is difficult to earn income to meet their basic needs, which make them dependent on what little they can produce in their fields. Drug trafficking exhibits the use and abuse of power and the introduction of a consumer culture, among other things. In most cases justice does not reach these communities since they are located far away and authorities often do not have the budget to mobilize along the Coco River. Customary justice, or Community Courts, solves conflicts according to ancient customs, by agreement between the parties or by a penalty payment or compensation for damage caused.

ICCO developes this project in partnership with Cristian Medical Action (AMC by its Spanish acronym), an organization with deep understanding and work experience in the Nicaraguan Caribbean regions.

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