UNICEF Laments Violation of Children’s Rights in North East

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has lamented that the rights of over 6,800 children living in Northeast Nigeria were being violated.

Cristian Munduate, UNICEF representative in Nigeria, stated this on Friday while lamenting the brutal consequences of conflict on children nine years after 276 schoolgirls were abducted in Chibok and 96 girls still in captivity. She also condemned the abduction of 80 children in Zamfara State in the previous weeks.

“The statistics are disturbing; the reality is devastating. It has been 9 years since the horrendous abduction of the Chibok girls, yet the nightmare continues as children are still being kidnapped, forcibly recruited, killed and injured–their futures torn away.

“We cannot turn a blind eye to the suffering of Nigeria’s children. We must do everything in our power to ensure they grow up in safety, with access to education and the opportunity to fulfil their potential,” she said.

“Since 2014, there have been over 2,400 incidents of grave violations verified, affecting over 6,800 children in the Northeast.

“The most common violations are recruitment or use of children by armed groups with 700 verified cases, followed by abductions of children, with 693 incidents, and killing and maiming, with 675 incidents.

“Between 2009 and 2022, around 2,295 teachers were reportedly killed in attacks, over 19,000 teachers were displaced, more than 1,500 schools closed because of insecurity, and 910 schools were destroyed,” she added.

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