The number of children displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria and neighbouring countries (Cameroon, Chad, Niger Republic) has reached 1.4 million, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) announced on Friday.
The agency also stated that around 500,000 children were displaced in the last 5 months following continued attacks by the Islamic sect. The 6-year insurgency in North-East Nigeria and other locations has killed thousands, creating an estimated 2.1m Internally Displaced Persons, most of whom are children, crisis in the country.
The statement read: “In northern Nigeria alone, nearly 1.2 million children – over half of them under 5 years old – have been forced to flee their homes. An additional 265,000 children have been uprooted in Cameroon, Chad and Niger.”
Although, recent efforts by the Nigerian Army have yielded results with recapture of previously occupied Boko Haram territories and the arrest of suspected Boko Haram members, the insurgency crisis still persists.
The UN Agency, UNICEF with its interventions in the North-East Nigeria has scaled up its operations and vaccinated over 315,000 children against measles in 2015 and provided safe drinking water for 200,000 people. It has also provided schooling and counselling for the IDPs on its humanitarian efforts.
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