A new UNICEF report has indicated that the devastating impact of insurgency has forced at least 800,000 children to flee from North-Eastern Nigeria.
UNICEF made this known yesterday in remembrance of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls.
In a statement sent to Nigerian Pilot yesterday by Eric Nom Bishen, Media and External Relations, United Nations Children’s Fund, ‘’ around 800,000 children have been forced to flee their homes as a result of the conflict in northeast Nigeria between Boko Haram, military forces and civilian self-defense groups.
UNICEF Regional Director for West and Central Africa, Manuel Fontaine said, “The abduction of more than 200 girls in Chibok is only one of endless tragedies being replicated on an epic scale across Nigeria and the region.
“Scores of girls and boys have gone missing in Nigeria – abducted, recruited by armed groups, attacked, used as weapons, or forced to flee violence. They have the right to get their childhoods back”, Fontaine noted.
UNICEF further noted that one year after the abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls in Chibok, Missing Childhoods reveals that the number of children running for their lives within Nigeria, or crossing over the border to Chad, Niger and Cameroon, has more than doubled in just less than a year.
UNICEF is using the hashtag #bringbackourchildhood to draw attention to the devastating impact of the conflict on children across the region.
As part of this drive, UNICEF is using Snapchat – a social platform where messages disappear – to highlight the plight of the hundreds of thousands of children who are missing out on their childhoods as a result of the conflict.
The Snapchat artists will share images based on drawings from children in Nigeria, Chad, Niger and Cameroon.