A United Nations report has revealed how children in Nigeria’s northeast have continued to be brutalised as a result of Boko Haram’s insurgency in the region.
According to the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Virginia Gamba, the report is a ‘first-of-its-kind, as it captures the impact on children of the security and humanitarian situation in the country between January 2013 and December 2016.
“With tactics including widespread recruitment, abductions, sexual violence, attacks on schools and the increasing use of children in so-called ‘suicide’attacks, Boko Haram has inflicted unspeakable horror upon the children of Nigeria’s North East and neighbouring countries.”
The statement adds that during the period reported, Boko Haram attacks on communities and with security forces resulted in the killing of 3,900 children killed leaving more than 7,300 others maimed.
The report lists suicide attacks as the second leading cause of child casualties, accounting for over one thousand deaths and 2,100 injuries during the period, with 90 children, most of them girls, used for suicide bombings in Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger republic.
Source: Channels Tv