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North East: 1,000 children abducted by Boko Haram since 2013 –UNICEF

Gabriel Dike

The United Nation Children Fund (UNICEF) has revealed how more than 1,000 children have been abducted by Boko Haram in the North East, Nigeria since 2013, including 276 girls taken from their secondary school in the town of Chibok, on April 14, 2014.

The UNICEF, said four years on, more than 100 of the ‘Chibok girls’ are yet to be returned to their families, and the UN children’s agency continues to call for their release. 

“The four-year anniversary of the Chibok abduction reminds us that children in northeastern Nigeria continue to come under attack at a shocking scale,” said UNICEF representative in Nigeria, Mohamed Malick Fall in a statement, yesterday. “They are consistently targeted and exposed to brutal violence in their homes, schools and public places.” 

According to UNICEF, the recent attack on a school in Dapchi, in which five girls lost their lives, is just the latest indication that there are few safe spaces left for children in the Northeast, stressing that not even schools are spared from violence. 

“These repeated attacks against children in schools are unconscionable. Children have the right to education and protection, and the classroom must be a place where they are safe from harm,”  he said.

The UN agency said since the conflict started in Northeastern Nigeria nearly nine years ago, at least, 2,295 teachers have been killed and more than 1,400 schools have been destroyed, adding that most of these schools have not reopened because of extensive damage or ongoing insecurity.

UNICEF said Nigerian authorities have made a commitment to make schools safer and more resilient to attack, and UNICEF stands with them to implement the Safe Schools Declaration, by which Nigeria commits to protecting schools and universities from violence and military use during armed conflict. 

UNICEF is appealing for an end to attacks on schools and all grave violations of children’s rights.

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  1. Ezekiel Okeke 13th April 2018 at 6:07 am

    They are victims of the dead fulani fraudulent criminal sultanate political government with its emirates under the dead fraudulent political name Nigeria. Fulani fraudulent criminal sultanate political government with its emirates under the dead fraudulent political name Nigeria are behind the northeast war in attempt to keep fulani Political Control over northeast natives etc. via fulani fraudulent criminal sultanate political government with its emirates under the dead fraudulent political name Nigeria- which is Futility. On the other hand, any northeast native northeast natives need for the war against fulani fraudulent criminal sultanate political government with its emirates under the dead fraudulent political name Nigeria, they every rights by law to draft the northeast native or natives in the battle, it not abduction. Anyone who uses the word “abduction” in such context, is an illiterate. Every war instrument northeast natives has use in the war in which fulani fraudulent criminal sultanate political government with its emirates under the dead fraudulent political name Nigeria has been defeated, is legitimate in all respects, which must be defended with the Sword in this climax of the ongoing Revolution War of the natives under the natives Disintegrated Republics which secures the natives existence and future in 21st century world. It is over for the dead fulani fraudulent criminal sultanate political government with its emirates in this natives territory. It is over for the dead fraudulent political name Nigeria in this natives territory. It is over for the enemy’s brainwashed terrorism mercenaries nickname military, police etc. in this natives territory. It is over for the enemy’s collaborators etc. in this natives territory. It is God given Liberation, it is God given Freedom. God Is With Us!!!

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