Patrick Egwu is an award-winning freelance journalist based in Nigeria who reports on global health, education, religion, conflict and other development issues in Nigeria and sub-Saharan Africa. He has been published in African Arguments, FT's This is Africa, Ozy, BRIGHT Magazine, and IJNet, among others.
Nigeria has one of sub-Saharan Africa's highest rates of human trafficking. But a network of Catholic sisters is coordinating anti-trafficking efforts to help survivors and prevent others from being victimized.
Nigerian sisters use WhatsApp to share knowledge about the coronavirus. As the virus spreads in Nigeria, they are educating the people in their ministries, including children in Enugu and trafficking survivors in Lagos, to take precautions.
Run by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in Ugwuomu Nike, an isolated community in Nigeria's Enugu state, Notre Dame Nursery and Primary School provides basic education to children of farmers and artisans who lack access to it. "We see how these children defy the odds and trek long distances to school and how eager they are to learn," says headmistress Sr. Ifeoma Ubah.
Focus on Human Trafficking - Sisters from the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul and other sisters from different congregations in Nigeria are fighting human trafficking through advocacy and creating awareness to dissuade young girls and women from taking a dangerous route across the Mediterranean Sea to Europe, where they can be trafficked into prostitution or slavery.