UNICEF reiterates that schools should be safe spaces, and protected at all times.
Since the start of the insurgency in 2009, over 2,295 teachers have been killed and
19,000 displaced, and almost 1,400 schools destroyed.”
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has lamented that over 2,295 school teachers have been killed in Nigeria since the start of the Boko Haram insurgency.
The organisation also stated that about 19,000 have been displaced, and almost 1,400 schools destroyed.
The UNICEF made this known on Wednesday in a statement by Mohamed Malick Fall, UNICEF Representative Nigeria, on the return of girls abducted from a school in Dapchi, Yobe State, by the Islamic sect.
The statement further said “UNICEF is delighted that the girls abducted on 19 February 2018 from a school in Dapchi, Yobe state, northeast Nigeria were returned to their families. According to
unconfirmed reports, 105 girls have been returned.
“We are pleased to see that the girls are back in the safe environment of their families.
“UNICEF is working closely with the Ministry of Youth in Yobe state to provide the
necessary support to the girls and their families. Over the last one month, the girls
may have been exposed to physical and sexual violence. They need the support of
their families and communities to feel safe and return to school.
“UNICEF is also working with civil society organizations to ensure that each girl
receives individual attention – from medical treatment to psychosocial support.
“Our condolences to the families whose daughters could not come home. As we await
further confirmation, five girls have reportedly died. UNICEF grieves with the families
who lost their daughters.
“We are grateful for the efforts of all parties in ensuring safe return of the girls to their
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