I'm starting a new category on this blog called "Good News"--and the first entry is this great report about the decline in child trafficking that takes place across the border between Guinea-Bisseau and Senegal.
The reason? Better collaboration among local residents, civil society groups, and government--which means more people are now watching out for suspicious movement of children.
"A whole new set of actors are involved who weren't in the past--border police, governors, even truck-drivers unions," said Karyna Gomes, UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) spokesperson in Bissau. "We receive information from surveillance committees every two to three weeks about what is going on."
Community village chiefs, local governments, and border police in Guinea Bissau and Senegal have set up surveillance committees that work with local authorities to report suspected transport of children across the border.
Imagine the trauma of those kids--but there's even a procedure in place to help them: Welcome centers where kids are cared for and receive medical attention while they wait to be reunited with their families.