The United Nations Children Fund, UNICEF, has welcomed the release of 183 children aged 7- 18 with from Nigerian Armed Forces, in Maiduguri, Borno State, northeast Nigeria.
According to a release from UNICEF office made available to Nigerian Pilot yesterday said that the release comes after the children were cleared of ties with Boko Haram insurgents.
UNICEF Nigeria Representative, Mohammed Fall said, ” These 8 girls and 175 boys are first and foremost victims of the ongoing conflict and their release is an important step on their long road to recovery. ”
“We will be working with the Borno State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development and partners to provide the children with all the assistance they need. I also want to commend the action taken by the military and the authorities, it demonstrates a clear commitment to better protect children affected by the conflict.”
Fall assured that after having been held in administrative custody, the children will receive medical attention and psychosocial support before the process of reuniting them with their families and reintegrating them into society begins.
Nigerian Pilot reports that since 2017, UNICEF has supported the social and economic reintegration of more than 8,700 children released from armed groups, helping trace their families, returning them to their communities, and offering them psycho social support, education, vocational training and informal apprenticeships, and opportunities to improve livelihoods.
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