Thousands of minors recruited into Boko Haram

Fromchild soldiers AHMED OBAFEMI in Maiduguri, Nigeria
MAIDUGURI, (CAJ News) - THE Boko Haram terror group has recruited about 2
000 children over the past year, the United Nations Children’s Fund has
The recruitment was mainly in Nigeria but also noted in neighbouring
countries in the Lake Chad Basin.
Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria are the countries worst hit by the Boko
Haram crisis.
While boys have mostly been recruited, there is a trend by the Islamic
militant group to forcibly kidnap or recruit girls to carry out suicide
attacks mainly in northease Nigeria worst afflicted by conflict.
Meanwhile, at least 65 000 children have been released from armed forces
and armed groups in the past ten years, UNICEF said on Tuesday as leaders
from around the world gathered in Paris on the anniversary of the Paris
Commitments to end the use of children in conflict.
“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.
Since 2013, an estimated 17 000 children have been recruited in South
Sudan and up to 10 000 have been recruited in the Central African
In Yemen, the UN has documented nearly 1 500 cases of child recruitment
since the conflict escalated in March 2015.
Estimates show that of the 65 000 children who have been released in the
past ten years, more than 20 000 were in the Democratic Republic of the
Congo, nearly 9 000 in the Central African Republic, and over 1 600
children in Chad. 
– CAJ News


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