Nigeria: Boko Haram’s Tactics Continued to Terrorize Children, While Implementation of Commitments by CJTF Strengthened Efforts to Protect Them

Second Country Report of the Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict in Nigeria

Boys and girls in northeast Nigeria continued to endure gruesome violations at the hands of Boko Haram and to be deeply affected by military operations against the group by Government Forces despite noteworthy efforts and commitments, highlighted the second country report of Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict in Nigeria released today.

The report described 5,741 grave violations against children between January 2017 and December 2019 in Nigeria; incidents in neighboring Cameroon, Chad and Niger were also reflected in the context of the spillover of Boko Haram’s activities beyond Nigeria’s borders.

“The children of Nigeria and neighboring countries continued to endure horrendous violations by Boko Haram and the expansion of the group’s activities across the Lake Chad Basin region is a serious concern for the Secretary-General,” said the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Virginia Gamba. She also stressed the need to provide a regional African response to the situation.

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