Denmark, MeCAHT premiere documentary on curbing human trafficking in Nigeria

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Denmark, MeCAHT premiere documentary on curbing human trafficking in Nigeria
By Muhyideen Jimoh
The Media Coalition and Awareness to Halt Trafficking (MeCAHT), an international NGO in collaboration with the Embassy of Denmark in Nigeria on Friday premiered a documentary film in Abuja to create awareness against human trafficking.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the movie titled ‘I wish I knew’, had in attendance anti- human trafficking stakeholders.
The Denmark Ambassador to Nigeria, Amb. Sune Krogstrup told NAN that the documentary was one of Denmark’s numerous ways of supporting public awareness/preventive outreach against the menace.
“Denmark has been a supporter of  the organisation MeCAHT who is producing advocacy initiatives aimed at combating trafficking and irregular migration.
“This is really about spreading the word about what trafficking is and how it looks, so that people who are vulnerable to it are able to spot it,” he said.
Earlier, MeCAHT international Executive Director, Ms Anne Abok stressed the need for stronger synergy among stakeholders to curb human trafficking, which she describes as an endemic form of modern slavery.
“We have always worked in partnership and we believe that the fight against human trafficking can never thrive when we work in silos.
“So when we work and form partnerships, then we can see good results.
“This film is studded with survivals of human trafficking. In the course of our work we discovered that our voices is not exactly the voices that prevent human trafficking, but the voices of survivals, when they share their experiences,” she said.
Abok emphasised the need for rehabilitation, psychosocial support and empowerment for victims of trafficking, so that they can get their lives back together and also contribute in the advocacy against the crime.
NAN reports that the documentary film chronicles the touching story of four Nigerian survivors of human trafficking who share their
tragic stories.
It paints a gory picture of human trafficking, exposes the tricks of traffickers and showcases ways to curb the crime.
The premiere was attended by stakeholders including International Organization for Migration (IOM), National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), NGOs among others.
The film  which is produced by MeCAHT in partnership with EXIST and funding from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of
Denmark, will also be screened in five other most vulnerable states to ensure the awareness gets to the grassroots. (NAN) (www.nannews.ng)
Edited by Sadiya Hamza

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