Nigeria: Amount of children used as human bombs increases

The amount of children used as human bomb in Northwestern Nigeria this year is four times bigger than it was in 2016; this alarming growth rate worries the UNICEF (United Nations Children Education Fund) that reminded that the minors used in this manner must be considered victims and not perpetrators.

According to UNICEF figures, since early 2017, 83 children, 55 of them younger than 15 years old were used in attacks which usually aim against civil population, Boko Haram is responsible for these attacks but there is no proof that all these attacks have been perpetrated by this terrorist gang.

The minors who were rescued or managed to escape from Boko Haram captivity, face rejection in shelter communities since they are suspicious and don’t trust them and in order to work this situation out, UNICEF provides psychosocial support to these children, works with their families and communities to foster acceptance of the returning minors, who fled the horror and shouldn’t face rejection.

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