Over 1000 children have been abducted in the north-east Nigeria since 2013 by Boko Haram insurgents stated UNICEF.Mohamed Fall, UNICEF representative in Nigeria, while speaking ahead of the 4-years anniversary of the kidnap of the Chibok schoolgirls in Borno, stated that about 2,295 teachers have been killed by the insurgents with more than 1,400 schools destroyed.
In 2014, 276 girls from Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok in Borno State were kidnapped of which 163 were freed, 57 fled at the early days of their abduction with 3 more escaping later and a Swiss-coached mediation secured 103. While awaiting the return of the Chibok girls, the insurgents abducted 110 students of Girls Science and Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State in February and released them a month later with the exception of Leah Sharibu still in custody and five others who died in captivity. “The four-year anniversary of the Chibok abduction reminds us that children in northeastern Nigeria continue to come under attack at a shocking scale. They are consistently targeted and exposed to brutal violence in their homes, schools and public places” Fall said in a statement on UNICEF website. Fall added that UNICEF stands with the federal government in its commitment to make schools safer and more resilient to attack through the Safe schools initiative.

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