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UNICEF confirms 25 attacks, abduction of 1,440 Nigerian pupils in 2021

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UNICEF confirms 25 attacks, abduction of 1,440 Nigerian pupils in 2021

The United Nations Youngsters’s Fund (UNICEF), yesterday, stated 25 colleges had been attacked and 1,440 pupils kidnapped in Nigeria this 12 months.

 

This was contained in a report launched on Tuesday November 23, titled, ‘Youngsters in West and Central Africa amongst these Who Undergo Highest Charges of Grave Violations in Armed Battle’.

 

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The group stated over the previous 5 years, the West and Central Africa areas have persistently had a few of the highest numbers of UN-verified “grave violations” in opposition to youngsters in armed battle.

 

It stated since 2016, the areas have recorded greater than 21,000 youngsters verified by the United Nations (UN) as recruited and utilized by armed forces and non-state armed teams, and greater than 2,200 baby victims of sexual violence.

 

“Greater than 3,500 youngsters had been kidnapped and greater than 1,500 incidents of assaults on colleges and hospitals had been recorded,” the report reads.

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“In Nigeria, there have been 25 assaults on colleges up to now this 12 months, with 1,440 college students kidnapped. Nigerian youngsters proceed to undergo the affect of disaster. A protracted battle has been raging in northeast Nigeria for 12 years now. 1000’s of youngsters within the area have been killed, maimed, kidnapped, displaced, and skilled a number of violations of their human rights.”

 

In accordance with the report, Phuong Nguyen, UNICEF chief subject officer in Maiduguri, described the scenario as “unacceptable”.

 

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“Nigerian youngsters – whether or not they’re the direct targets of violence or collateral victims of battle – are caught up within the ongoing insecurity we’re seeing throughout the nation. That is unacceptable,” Nguyen stated.

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“This essential report reveals the extent of the grave violations of youngsters’s rights in Nigeria and throughout the West and Central Africa area – violations that should be ended by all events to battle.

 

“Youngsters will need to have a possibility to develop, be taught, work and contribute to the wholesome way forward for this nation. That may solely occur if they’re shielded from violence and the worst impacts of battle.”

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