African kids under attack at shocking scale

Nigeria child suicide bombers

Nigeria child suicide bombers

from EMEKA OKONKWO in Abuja, Nigeria
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – THE Boko Haram has forced at least 135 children to act as suicide bombers in northeast Nigeria and Cameroon in 2017.

This is almost five times the number in the previous year.

In South Sudan, over 2 300 children have been killed or injured since the conflict first erupted in 2013.

These are among the deplorable findings by the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) which lamented the year 2017 as among the worst for children in the continent.

Unicef disclosed thousands of children had been killed raped, abducted and recruited by armed groups in the conflict zones in Africa.

In South Sudan, where conflict and a collapsing economy led to a famine, more than 19 000 children have been recruited into national forces and armed groups.

In Somalia, 1 740 cases of child recruitment were reported in 2017.

In the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), violence has driven 850 000 children from their homes, while more than 200 health centres and 400 schools have been attacked.

An estimated 350 000 children have suffered from severe acute malnutrition.

Manuel Fontaine, Unicef Director of Emergency Programmes, said children were being targeted and exposed to attacks and brutal violence in their homes, schools and playgrounds.

“As these attacks continue year after year, we cannot become numb. Such brutality cannot be the new normal,” he said.

Unicef has appealed to all parties to conflict to abide by their obligations under international law to immediately end violations against children and the targeting of civilian infrastructure.

– CAJ News






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