Western Africa

Boko Haram strikes again in Nigeria

Terror group in Nigeria, the Boko Haram, has killed over 2 000 teachers, displaced 19 000 others and destroyed 1 400 schools during its deadly campaign northeast of Nigeria.

The new details emerged last week after the group hit again and kidnapped more than 100 schoolgirls during an attack on the Bursari Government Girls Science Secondary School in the Yobe State

Virginia Gamba, the United Nations (UN) Special Representative Children and Armed Conflict, condemned the new attack on education in Nigeria.

She lamented that attacks by Boko Haram focused on the abduction, forcible recruitment and use, killing and maiming as well as sexual abuse of Nigerian girls.

“These abhorrent crimes must stop now. I call on all those with the means to engage to stop these violations and return our girls unharmed,” Gamba said.

Marie-Pierre Poirier, UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) West and Central Africa Regional Director, denounced the attack and called for the immediate and unconditional release of all the girls kept in captivity.

“No words can console a family sending a child to school and not seeing her return home,” Poirier said.

She pointed out the Boko Haram also abducted 276 schoolgirls in Chibok, also in the northeast, four years ago.

“And now comes this new horror. This is not just an attack on a school. It is an attack on all of us,” Poirier said.

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