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?is Igbo-part Of Najia Really To Dangerous For Charity Work ?

I wanted to apply for a programme where i can come to nigeria and work with street children and / or hiv orphans.

And it seems that all the organizations want to send me to west side of nijia, although i would love nothing more than to come to the east - igbo part, so that meanwhile i can learn that wonderful language!

Is it politically really that unstable?

Thnx for your help!

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@ everyone

thanks for the advices, pls dont think that i am living in my protectet little switzerland not knowing what is going on, i have been to bosnia (war), congo and i have seen lots of things. I know what life can be about, i was just wondering and trying to find out more about eastern nigeria, you hear lots of stories, and i will def. go and have a look myself, just want to know what you think ok.

and yes, of course switzerland can also be regarded as dangerous, depends on your point of view, you can dye anywhere, right!

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How safe is Switzerland? I know someone that went to Switzerland and then suddenly no one hears from him strating from 2007.

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@Udode,

If i was to give my opinion, i believe you would experience the Igbo language almost anywhere you find yourself in Nigeria. Igbo's are not exclusively found in the east as you may know. Although you may tend to find more of them settled in the east. You may also find that your organization may be part of a consortium of other organizations, some of which may be in the east, and you may be able to visit.

I think you should make work your priority so that you do a good job. And please know that whatever efforts you make towards making life better for the Nigerian people would always be greatly appreciated even though it may not always be recognized.

P.S try not to travel with any expectations or pre-conceived notions. Good luck to you and safe travels.

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@Poster, you never actually state in clear words that the Organization actually told you there is danger in the East. Political reasons could mean so many things but it seems you chose, of your own, to add "danger"to the whole. Am I right?? @Poster

Organizations all around the world go to and send people to dangerous areas each day. There are people in Iraq, in Darfur and even in Zimbabwe. Are you sure the Organization ACTUALLY put forward this idea of the east being more dangerous place or did you just assume that was implied when you were told there were political reasons why they could not send you that way??  It could just be that they have reached the maximum number allowed in the East because of politics and so sending you west made more send at the time.

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Development Education Center Enugu in the Eastern part of Nigeria has collaborated extensively with German charitable organizations. http://decnigeria.com/contact_us.htm

They might be able to refer you to one of their German partners to sponsor your mission. They have the infrastructure in place for the kind of work you're interested.

Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo states, the core Eastern (Igbo) states are just as dangerous as any other part of Nigeria. The usual robbery and its associated violence found in Lagos (West), Kaduna (North) and about every other part of Nigeria.

The really dangerous part of Nigeria is Bayelsa, Rivers and Delta states in the Niger Delta region. The region has not been part of Eastern Nigeria since after the civil war in the 70s. And the reason for the heightened level of danger in the region is the people's legitimate agitation for a fair share of Nigeria's oil revenue which is tapped from their backyard.

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Translation: German » English

udode,

It is important that you trust the Swiss organization.

The eastern part of Nigeria is dangerous. The people believe that all WESTNERS work for oil

There is risk for you, you can be abducted. However, western Nigeria is peaceful and northern NIGERIA is good.

all good.

What a collosal slowpoke. Is it the west that will gun you down straight up that is safe?? Abeg shut the Bleep up if you aint got anything smart to say.

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udode,

Es ist wichtig, dass du der schweizerischen Organisation vertraust.

Der Osten von Nigeria ist gefährlich. Die Leute glauben dass alle WESTNERS Arbeit für Ölfirma

Es gibt Risiko für dich, du kannst entführt werden. Jedoch, westliches Nigeria ist friedliches und auch nördliches NIGERIA ist gut.

alles gute.

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Do you mean the link I posted?

I dont really know much either.  I found it very interesting and thought there would be a comparable organization in western Nigeria, but it looks like there isnt. Though there are orphanages and the like, which are mainly locally based.

Here's another one I found

http://www.edowomen.org/index.html

I dont have any practical hands on experience with any of these organizations though.

For now I just give the ones which I'm a member of, a little financial support.

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Nothing can stop you unless you want to stop

Go ahead and achieve what you dream to

Never imagin any obstacle ahead of you

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Udode

Fact: The South eastern part of Nigeria is comparising of five states: Anambra, Enugu, Abia, Imo, and Ebonyi.

All the States listed above are as peaceful and stable as peace can be. There are so many foreign NGOs working in these area for years with no incidence of molestation.

It is also true that the Niger Delta which comprises States like Rivers, Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Delta, Edo and Ondo are close to the eastern states, but the activities of militants in ND areas are only limited to creeks of the ND States.

Let your head guide you and if you questions, send me a mail and I will give you directions and guideance

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Can you tell me more about it? its not that im limited to anambra state you know, id just like to go somewhere where they speek igbo. but if i happen to go somewhere else, is also good for me!

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You're welcome.

I think I must have read about it on one of the Nigerian sites. I really don't remember how I found out about it, but thats the most likely explanation. Either that or someone sent me the link.

I'm not from Anambra, in case you were wondering. But I'm very interested in this kind of work as well. Though for now my main membership is in Oxfam and a couple of other organizations not limited to Nigeria alone.

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@tpia

Thank you sooo much for this link, i just sent an e mail to the responsible person there and i really hope that

they will give me the opportunity to go there!

How did you know about this mission?

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dblock has a point- they must be referring to the Niger Delta. Thats where people are getting kidnapped.

The US based Anambra medical mission has been doing this kind of work for some years now, I think.

http://www.anambrausa.org/profile/images/medicalmission.pdf

I've been looking for a western counterpart, without success.

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Personally I would go to Uyo, Calabar

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and where would you go?

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My suggestion. Do not take my word for it.

I do not live in Nigeria.

But from what I am aware of; Calabar, Owerri, Enugu, Uyo, Should be quite Safe.

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so like what town / area could you recommend?

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@ Udode, I think they are just looking at the East and the South South through the same scope.

The Niger Delta at present is the most dangerous place in Nigeria at the moment, and is geographically at the doorstep of the East. Infact the East accounts for some of the Niger Delta.

So the information is partially correct.

However generally the East is not really dangerous even for a foreigner.

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Good advice

Go where your heart leads you.

There is always good in doing good!

There are also so many decent people at the grassroots

You will be pleasantly surprised

I have a friend who is presently volunteering in the Niger Delta

(Areas I will not venture to go)

He has not been kidnapped or molested

We all have our own biases

Typical of the unknown

But use your head, whereever you go

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Points you must know.

1. Any time you leave your natural environment there is always some degree of danger- I live in NYC, and there're some areas I don't visit. I know that, i have been in nyc too (nice place by the way^). I was there on september 11 (at the age of 15, by myself, living in a host family. --- what did i learn. that time, everybody wanted me to come home - they said it was too dangerous. but since i saw that my hostfamily still felt safe, i could trust them. bcs if it would really have been dangerous, they too would have gone away, to canada or i dont know where. Somehow you just have to trust that people who live in a place where you are a foreigner, know that place better than you do.

2. Your boyfriend and myself may be biased because we obviously have Igbo ancestors. ? i dont understand what you mean by that?

3. Given #1, and #2, I would say follow your heart, but be guided by brain. Good advice! thnx!

4. Your boyfriend would likely give you better direction than anybody out there, maybe he can come with you. of course he could come with me, but it would not be the same, i want to do this by myself, if i go to nigeria with him, it will turn more into a family visit than anything else, and that is still to come anyway!

5. Follow basic international safety travel plans, immunizations, and protocols. Basic rules of course. I mean i would surely check that there is somebody there to show me how it works (all the cultural differences are not to be taken easy). but i think i can adapt very well into any other mentality, the only thing i cant is change my colour :-)

6. Get more information from your charity organization and places your services may be mostly needed. im just getting startd, i still hope i will find an organization that will help me go to igbo part, i mean there must be one i hope!

7. Remember self preservation!!! amen :-)

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@Udobe

Points you must know.

1. Any time you leave your natural environment there is always some degree of danger- I live in NYC, and there're some areas I don't visit.

2. Your boyfriend and myself may be biased because we obviously have Igbo ancestors.

3. Given #1, and #2, I would say follow your heart, but be guided by brain.

4. Your boyfriend would likely give you better direction than anybody out there, maybe he can come with you.

5. Follow basic international safety travel plans, immunizations, and protocols.

6. Get more information from your charity organization and places your services may be mostly needed.

7. Remember self preservation!!!

Good luck

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how come you think that charity work is not appreciated in nigeria? can u explain?

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Hmmm. . . .Personally I wouldn't recommend you going to Nigeria for Charity work.

There are better places in Africa where your efforts will be met with more appreciation.

Ghana is a lot more stable, as are Mali, Senegal etc.

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its true right? what would you recommend me to do now? to go to igbo-part on my own? My boyfriend comes from anambra state!

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@Udobe

Thank you, you make a wonderful and smart point.

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i dont know either

@ najiaking

I know that european countries are always like that, tooo scared of things and places / people they don't know. All i know is that one month ago i have been to kinshasa, which is also considered a dangerous place to bee, and it was great. Of course it is a poor town and of course there are dangerous spots to be, but hey, other people also live there and to me this is nothing to be afraid of. In my opinion this is all so silly, if you can only go do charity work in safe places, where is the point, i mean not that in other parts of nigeria they could not need people for help, but isnt it true that those places where even charity organisations are scared to go, could profit most of the help?!?

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I'm happy you did not get your information from Nigerians directly. If your info. comes from your government intelligence agency, then its understandable. The western intelligence on Africa is often skewed to say the least.

Remember, Nelson Madela was just taken off the terrorist watch list 2 days ago.

I wish you luck on your mission, no matter where you chose. Be safe!

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Misinformation of highest order! The organization must have woken up from a terrible nightmare.

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No Igbo part of Nigeria is dangerous for charity work. Infact no part of Nigeria is too dangerous for charity work. You have to understand the naija politics to know why someone would tell you that working in the Igboland is dangerous. That person might have also told you that his own state, local government, or town is safest for charity work, but you go figure!

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