At least 1000 children in Nigeria abducted by militant group since 2013

Hannah Rogers
April 15, 2018

"The four-year anniversary of the Chibok abduction reminds us that children in northeastern Nigeria continue to come under attack at a shocking scale", the statement quoted UNICEF representative in Nigeria Mohamed Malick Fall as saying.

UNICEF noted that most of the schools affected had not reopened because of extensive damage or ongoing insecurity in the region.

Boko Haram militants have continued to target children in campaigns of violence that have seen over a thousand children abducted and millions others displaced in Nigeria's northeast, UNICEF said on Friday.

Reports suggested that Boko Haram was hoping to use the girls to negotiate the release of their commanders now in jail.

He also called on the executive to intensify efforts for the release of Leah Sharibu, the Dapchi girl who was not released along with other abductees, reportedly for refusing to renounce her faith.

The president assured the parents of the girls that they would hear good news soon concerning their daughters, as the government remains focus on the actualization of the rescue of the girls.

In April 2016, on the eve of the abduction's second anniversary, it emerges that Boko Haram has sent a "proof of life" video to the government.

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"Nigeria has an alarming number of children out of school and if we genuinely want to solve this challenge, then we must make our learning institutions as safe and secure as possible. However, today we remember the 113 girls that are yet to be rescued and we join our voice with their families, friends in Nigeria and the worldwide community to call on the Nigerian government to intensify effort to bring back the girls". At the beginning, the group didn't know what to do with the girls, at least, not in the first one month of their captivity.

A man reacts as dead bodies are brought to a hospital after a suspected Boko Haram attack on the edge of Maiduguri's inner city, Nigeria April 2, 2018.

"These repeated attacks against children in schools are unconscionable", said Fall.

The Boko Haram conflict is in its tenth year, but shows little sign of ending.

"UNICEF is appealing for an end to attacks on schools and all grave violations of children's rights", he said.

Silkida, however, said he was shocked on getting to Damaturu, the Yobe State capital only to discover that the detained Boko Haram members were not on ground for the swap deal.

This, he said in a statement on the fourth year since the abduction of the Chibok schoolgirls.

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