North East: 1000 Children Abducted by Boko Haram Since 2013

Leslie Hanson
April 14, 2018

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 U.N.'s report documented only verified cases, the first time it had published such a tally.

"Children in northeastern Nigeria continue to come under attack at a shocking scale", stated Mohamed Malick Fall, UNICEF's Nigeria head.

It added that UNICEF is appealing for an end to attacks on schools and all grave violations of children's rights. But the actual number could be much larger, it added.

The troops neutralised the insurgents during clearance operations to rid the areas of elements of the Boko Haram insurgents who had escaped from troops' offensive operations in the Sambisa forest.

Since the conflict started in northeastern Nigeria almost nine years ago, at least 2,295 teachers have been killed and more than 1,400 schools have been destroyed. Boko Haram's fight to establish a hardline Islamic state in northeast Nigeria has claimed at least 20,000 lives and displaced more than two million people. In February, one faction kidnapped more than 100 schoolgirls from the town of Dapchi, previously untouched by the war.

A month later, the extremists returned nearly all of those girls. About five died while in Boko Haram hands.

It is expedient to bring to public awareness, that in its desperation to survive troops' onslaught and remain relevant in the eyes of the public, the Boko Haram terrorists group has continued to make frantic efforts to infiltrate communities with Person Borne Improvised Explosive Devices (Suicide bombers) to callously unleash terror and fear on the populace.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari was elected in 2015 on a promise to stamp out Boko Haram's insurgency. Four years ago, 276 schoolgirls from the town of Chibok were abducted by Boko Haram, a case which sparked global outrage. Some may be dead, according to testimony from the rescued girls and Boko Haram experts.

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