Over 1000 Children Abducted By Boko Haram In North

Over 1000 Children Abducted By Boko Haram In North

As Nigeria prepares to mark the fourth anniversary of the Chibok kidnapping, UNICEF reported on Friday that over 1,000 children have been abducted by jihadists since 2013.

"Children in northeastern Nigeria continue to come under attack at a shocking scale", said Mohamed Malick Fall, Unicef's Nigeria head. But it admits the number could actually be much higher.

"These repeated attacks against children in schools are unconscionable". Its violent campaign to carve out an Islamic state there has claimed more than 20,000 lives and displaced over 2 million people.

The UN agency said 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, adding that most of these schools have not reopened because of extensive damage or ongoing insecurity.

Nigerian soldiers hold up a Boko Haram flag that they had seized in the recently retaken town of Damasak March 18, 2015. Now ten years into its insurgency, there is no sign the conflict is going to end anytime soon. 100 schoolgirls from the town of Dapchi, were kidnapped by a faction of the group in February.

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A month later, the militants returned nearly all of those girls. About five of the girls died while with their captors. One other, Leah Sharibu, remains captive because she refused to convert to Islam, her freed classmates have said. The government said it paid no ransom.

Lawan then published advertorials in two newspapers, Daily Trust and The Punch, listing "40 facts" with dated chronicles of the Boko Haram crisis which point to how alleged mishandling of events by Sheriff as Governor of Borno State between 2003 and 2011, gave birth to ongoing violence perpetuated by Boko Haram insurgents resulting in endless killings.

Meanwhile, about 95 former Boko Haram fighters are set to be reintegrated into the Nigerian society after series of training, vocational skills acquisition, and rehabilitation courses. But his administration has failed to defeat Boko Haram, despite pushing the militants out of many towns in the northeast by 2016.

Four years on from that tragic incident, more than 100 of the "Chibok girls" have yet to be returned to their families and the United Nations children's agency continues to call for their release. Some may be dead, according to testimony from the rescued girls and Boko Haram experts.


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