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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Stop using children as human bombs in north-east Nigeria says UNICEF - ITREALMS

The UNICEF Representative in Nigeria, Peter Hawkins has condemned in totality the use of children as human bombs in north-eastern part of Nigeria, reports ITREALMS.

Speaking in Abuja, he said the use of children as human bombs in any combat or non-combat roles in the conflict in north-east Nigeria is condemnable.

“According to several reports, three children - two girls and a boy (ages unknown) – were used to detonate explosives that killed 30 people and injured 40 others at a community football viewing centre in Konduga, Borno today. UNICEF sends its condolences to all those who have been killed or injured in this horrific incident.

“It is unacceptable that children should be used in this way.

“UNICEF appeals to all those involved in this terrible conflict to protect children at all times and to keep them out of harm’s way.

“This incident brings the number of children who have been reported as having been used as human bombs to five, since January 2019. In 2018, 48 children - including 38 girls - were used in suicide attacks.

“We again call on all parties to the conflict in north-east Nigeria to immediately cease all attacks against civilians, to stop using children in this conflict, and to abide by their obligations under international humanitarian law.”
ITREALMS gathered that since 2012, non-state armed groups in north-east Nigeria have recruited and used children as combatants and non-combatants, raped and forced girls to marry, and committed other grave violations against children. 

In addition, some of the girls became pregnant in captivity and give birth without any medical care or attention.

Uboshe Uboshe/Editor

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