Creative Arts Therapy: A Necessary Intervention for Nigeria’s Internally Displaced Person - (IDPS)
Nigeria is the most populous country and largest economy in Africa. She has has witnessed high profile cases of civil disturbance and domestic violence within her borders. Different levels of violence rear their ugly faces as a result of conflicts of interest aggravated by nepotism, corruption, environmental factors and weak governance. Pockets of this violence occur every other day with violent killings and kidnappings. Kogi, Benue, Nasarawa, Plateau and many others have witnessed increased number of victims displaced from their homes, villages and towns. Among these displaced persons are children of school age and youths whose future are left hanging if government fails to secure them Shelter-wise, territorially and emotionally. Objectively, this paper discusses the Internally Displaced persons that are in camps in Odeda local government area of Ogun State and specifically, 40 people out of the lot have were purposively selected. The paper delves into the psychological trauma they have suffered, the mental torture, stress and emotional complications and the presumed responsiveness of government or agents. It also attempts to find out if Art related activities could serve as interventions to restore their self-esteem. Herman’s model of trauma and recovery from trauma was adopted. The result shows that the participants (clients) were able to bring back memories and morn their sad experiences through painful imageries, they also captured and reconnect with daily life through representation of hopeful imageries captured in paintings.
Key Words: Displaced, Art Therapy, Trauma, intervention, mental stress, imageries