Youngsters detained for alleged Boko Haram links

downloadFrom ROSY SADOU in Yaoundé, Cameroon
YAOUNDE, (CAJ News) – CAMEROON authorities are detaining boys on suspicion of being affiliated to the Boko Haram terror group, children’s rights group have bemoaned.
In a further violation of children’s rights, girls are being forced into early marriage and are often the victims of sexual abuse in the crisis-torn Far North region, which is suffering the most from the conflict sparked by the Nigerian terror group.
It could not be ascertained how many boys were detained or girls were married.
The United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund disclosed the disturbing trends as it reported the continuous influx of conflict-affected refugees from the neighbouring Central African Republic and Nigeria was putting significant strain on Cameroon.
The country is now hosting more than 274 000 refugees from the Central African Republic and 74 000 refugees from Nigeria. The Far North Region, the most vulnerable region in Cameroon with the lowest development indicators, has been the most affected by the Boko Haram crisis, with 198 889 internally displaced persons – mostly women and children – having fled their homes to escape the onslaught.
The UN agency reported these populations – refugees, internally displaced persons and host communities – are residing in isolated areas of Cameroon,vwhere access to education, health care, water and sanitation is lacking.
Overall, 2,9 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance and 2,6 million people are food insecure to the point of crisis or emergency levels.
UNICEF said the situation was worse for children, with 272 565 children
under five facing acute malnutrition.
“The year 2017 and beyond does not bode well for these populations,” a
UNICEF spokesperson said.
– CAJ News

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