Nigeria's Boko Haram has abducted more than 1,000 children since 2013 - UN

Nigeria's Boko Haram has abducted more than 1,000 children since 2013 - UN

- The United Nations Children’s agency has spoken activities of Boko Haram insurgent in Nigeria

- The agency said at least 2,295 teachers have been killed and more than 1,400 schools have been destroyed in the conflict launched by the insurgent

- UNICEF said it had documented more than 1,000 verified cases, the first time it had published an estimated tally. But the actual number could be much larger

The United Nations Children’s agency (UNICEF) on Friday, April 13, Islamist fighters from Nigeria’s Boko Haram group have abducted more than 1,000 children in the northeast since 2013.

UNICEF said: ''Children in northeastern Nigeria continue to come under attack at a shocking scale,” said Mohamed Malick Fall, UNICEF’s Nigeria head.''

According to a report, the agency said it had documented more than 1,000 verified cases, the first time it had published an estimated tally. But the actual number could be much larger.

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It said it had interviewed one young woman, Khadija, now 17, who was abducted after a Boko Haram attack on her town, then locked in a room, forced to marry one of the fighters and repeatedly harassed.

UNICEF said: ''She became pregnant and now lives with her young son in an IDP (displaced persons) camp, where she has struggled to integrate with the other women due to language barriers and the stigma of being a ‘Boko Haram wife.

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''At least 2,295 teachers have been killed and more than 1,400 schools have been destroyed in the conflict.''

Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that women displaced by recent attacks in Daffo District in Bokkos local government area of Plateau state on Thursday, April 12, held a peaceful rally in Jos, the state capital to draw government and the public’s attention to their plight.

The women numbering over a hundred were all dressed in black. They marched from the Plateau State House of Assembly to the Government House as well as other parts of the state capital.

The protesters addressed a petition letter to the state government and presented a copy to the state assembly through the Speaker, saying that the painful plights of over 7,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Daffo, Bokkos LGA called for urgent action.

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Source: Naija.ng

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