The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) has sought more protection of children’s rights.
Naija News reports that the UNICEF representative in Nigeria, Mohamed Fall on Thursday called for the protection of children rights against violence and other forms of abuses in the country.
Fall in a statement issued by Kusali Kubwalo, the Communication Analyst, UNICEF Field Office Maiduguri, said the call would serve as a reminder to widespread abductions and grave violation of children’s rights in the northeast region.
“More than 3, 500 children aged between 13 and 17 were recruited by non-state armed groups between 2013 and 2017; and used in the ongoing conflict in the northeast.
“In 2018; some 432 children were killed and maimed; 180 others abducted while 43 girls sexually abused in the war-torn region,” he said.
“Over 100 of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls remain missing.
“The anniversary of the abduction marked on April 14; is a grim reminder of the widespread abductions of children and grave violations of children’s rights continue to take place in the northeast.
“Children should feel safe at home, in schools and on their playgrounds at all times,” Fall was quoted to have said in his statement.