Report: Alarming rise in child suicide bombers used by Boko Haram

Originally posted on Yahoo News Digest on April 12, 2016—
“The number of children used by Nigeria’s Boko Haram to stage suicide bombings has risen more than tenfold in one of the most “horrific” aspects of the Islamist insurgency, the United Nations said on Tuesday. Experts said the group, which has been weakened by a multinational military offensive, is now trying to spread terror by using children for attacks in crowded markets, mosques and even camps for people fleeing Boko Haram violence. This has had disastrous consequences for children, especially girls, who had survived captivity and sexual violence by Boko Haram, said a UNICEF report.

This suspicion toward children can have destructive consequences. How can a community rebuild itself when it is casting out its own sisters, daughters and mothers?

Manuel Fontaine, UNICEF regional director for West and Central Africa”


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