UNICEF Welcomes Release Of Four Girls Abducted In Chibok

  The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says it has welcomed the release of four girls abducted by terrorists in Kautikari, a village in Chibok … Continue reading UNICEF Welcomes Release Of Four Girls Abducted In Chibok


Virtually all schools were closed across Nigeria between March and July 2020. Most schools only fully reopened in January 2021, with social distancing measures in place. Credit: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television
Virtually all schools were closed across Nigeria between March and July 2020. Most schools only fully reopened in January 2021, with social distancing measures in place. Credit: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television
File photo of an empty classroom used to illustrate the story. PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says it has welcomed the release of four girls abducted by terrorists in Kautikari, a village in Chibok Local Government of Borno State.

The released girls were abducted from Kautikari community earlier this month in the Chibok Local Government Area.

UNICEF in a statement on Monday expressed relief over the freedom of the girls and called for the immediate release of all conflict-affected children held in captivity across the region.

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“UNICEF is very relieved for the released girls and their families,” UNICEF representative in Nigeria, Peter Hawkins, said.

“After their harrowing experience, it is good news that the girls are back with their families and friends, where they belong. But sadly, dozens of children in north-east Nigeria remain in captivity; the victims of an armed conflict they have nothing to do with. This is unconscionable. Children have the right to a safe environment, health, education, and freedom from abuse and torture – all of which remain compromised when they are in captivity,’’ Hawkins added.

In 2014, Chibok gained global attention after 276 schoolgirls were abducted in the area.

According to UNICEF, about 173 of the Chibok girls were still missing. In January, many were also abducted in Pemi, another community in the Chibok LGA.

“Children are not the spoils of conflict. All children in captivity must be immediately and safely released to their families,” UNICEF said.

According to UNICEF data, at least 1,450 children were abducted, mostly from their schools, across the central and northwest regions of the country between December and July 2021.