UN worries as Boko Haram recruits 2000 children into armed conflicts

UN worries as Boko Haram recruits 2000 children into armed conflicts

- The United Nations is unhappy over the increasing wave of children recruitment into armed conflicts globally

- It says for the past 10 years, not less than 65,000 children have been set free by the efforts of UNICEF

- It revealed the Nigeria' Boko Haram recruited over 2000 children into armed conflict in 2016

The United Nations has lamented the increasing wave of children recruitment into armed conflicts globally.

The UN lamentation followed the revelation that for the past 10 years, over 65,000 children have been released from armed groups following the effort of the United Nations Children’s Fund worldwide.

Available facts, according to Daily Trust, indicate that not less than 2000 children were used in armed conflicts by Boko Haram in Nigeria in 2016.

UN frowns as Boko Haram recruits 2000 children into armed conflicts

Armed conflicts in Nigeria

It was revealed that Democratic Republic of Congo had more than 20,000, Central Africa Republic 90,000 and over 1,600 children were recruited in Chad, according to available reports from the UN.

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The revelation followed a meeting of world leaders in Paris on the 10th anniversary of Paris Commitment to end the use of children in armed conflicts.

Ten years ago the world made a commitment to the children of war and matched it with action action that has helped give 65,000 children a new chance for a better life,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake.

“But today’s meeting is not only about looking back at what has been accomplished — but looking forward to the work that remains to be done to support the children of war,” UNICEF, the children’s arm of UN, revealed.

Although the UNICEF said it is difficult to confirm the exact number of children recruited into armed conflicts globally, it condemned the act, saying it is unlawful and needed be discouraged by all means.

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But UNICEF estimates tens of thousands of boys and girls aged under 18 are used in conflicts around the world.

Some 17,000 children have been recruited in South Sudan and 10,000 in the Central African Republic since 2013.

In Yemen, the UN has documented nearly 1,500 cases of child recruitment since the conflict escalated in March 2015.

Source: Naija.ng

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