14.8 Million Children Affected by Boko Haram

ICC Note: Dr. Hussein Abdu, the county director of Plan International Nigeria, stated recently that 14.8 million children have been affected by Boko Haram in Nigeria. Reportedly, 7 million of these children are in desperate need of humanitarian assistance. Millions of children are suffering from lack of food, malnutrition, lack of education, violence, sexual abuse, and enslavement. Since Boko Haram’s insurgency in 2009, they have remained active, primarily in the north-eastern region of Nigeria, encamped in the Sambisa forest. The radical-Islamic terrorist group has carried out numerous attacks throughout the past seven years, kidnapping, raping, and killing many, specifically targeting Christians in their attacks.

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By Victoria Ojeme

Nigeria (AllAfrica) – The Country Director, Plan International Nigeria, Dr. Hussein Abdu has disclosed that 14.8 million people have been affected by Boko Haram crisis in the North East in the last six years.

Abdu also stated that 7 million out of that figure are in dare need of humanitarian assistance, of which only 3.9 million have been covered while 84 percent of the 2.5 people suffering from malnutrition are children.

Dr. Abdu gave this statistics during the marking of 2016 Day of the African Child held yesterday in Abuja, he said, over 20,000 have been killed, 2.2 million displaced, 2.7 million children are in need of protection services. 1 million children need access to education. 19,000 teachers have been displaced.

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