Nigeria’s vulnerable kids raped, forcibly married

rescued children n womenFrom AHMED OBAFEMI in Maiduguri, Nigeria
MAIDUGURI, (CAJ News) – CHILDREN are subjected to rape, domestic and sexual violence as well as early marriage as the situation remains fragile and unpredictable in northeast Nigeria.
Refugee rights groups reported that in addition, parents were marrying off girls as young as 13 years old.
Due to extreme desperation, many are at risk of or already involved in child labour, street begging, and youth are increasingly under pressure to join fighting groups due to limited interventions aiming at preventing radicalisation.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) established the disturbing trends after protection monitoring reports in the region worst affected by the Boko Haram conflict.
UNHCR said it was, with its partners, currently developing community mobilization strategies to address the situation, including working with adolescent girls and key influential women in the communities affected.
The Borno State, which is the epicentre of the crisis, is bearing the biggest brunt.
According to assessments conducted by UNHCR in the newly accessible areas freed from Boko Haram, the situation of children is of particular concern.
The inter-agency Education Working Group estimates that between 70 percent and 80 percent of displaced children are out-of-school.
“Other children are exposed to increased risk of abuse, violence, exploitationm and bullying by peers at school, on the streets, and within the families,” a UNHCR spokesperson stated.
The crisis caused by the Islamic Boko Haram sect has claimed the lives of 20 000 and displaced some 2 million Nigeria.

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