Nigeria: “We dried our tears”: Addressing the toll on children of Northeast Nigeria’s conflict

Index Number: AFR 44/2322/2020

This report examines the devastating impact that the conflict in Northeast Nigeria has had on children. Boko Haram has carried out widespread abductions of girls and boys and then subjected children in captivity to further atrocities; it has also wreaked havoc on communities across the region, through pillaging and attacks on civilians and schools. Rather than protecting children fleeing Boko Haram areas, the Nigerian military has often unlawfully detained them for months or years and subjected them to torture and other ill-treatment. It has also failed to ensure displaced children have access to an adequate education.

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