UNICEF Condemns Use Of Children As Human Bombs In North-east Nigeria
The United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF has condemned the use of children as human bombs and in any combat or non-combat roles in the conflict in north-east Nigeria.
“According to several reports, three children – two girls and a boy (ages unknown) – were used to detonate explosives that killed 30 people and injured 40 others at a community football viewing centre in Konduga, Borno state.
In a condolence message,state government and to all those who have been killed or injured in the horrific incident, UNICEF appealed to all those involved to protect children at all times as well as keep them out of harm’s way.
The UNICEF Representative in Nigeria, Peter Hawkins called on all parties to the conflict in north-east Nigeria to immediately cease all attacks against civilians as well as to stop using children in the conflict.
” This incident brings the number of children who have been reported as having been used as human bombs to five, since January 2019. In 2018, 48 children – including 38 girls – were used in suicide attacks .”
According to UNICEF since 2012, non-state armed groups in north-east Nigeria have recruited and used children as combatants and non-combatants, raped and forced girls to marry, and committed other grave violations against children. Some of the girls become pregnant in captivity and give birth without any medical care or attention.
More than 3,500 children were recruited and used by non-state armed groups between 2013 and 2017.