The company’s consultant within the nation, Peter Hawkins, urged the assailants to let the youngsters go instantly, after the newest in a current spate of outrages perpetrated towards kids, this time in Zamfara state.
“We utterly condemn the attack & call on those responsible to release the girls immediately and for the government to take steps to ensure their safe release.”- @PeterF_Hawkins on the attack at Government Girls Secondary School, Zamfara, northwest Nigeria.https://t.co/NxuNchpZgA
— UNICEF Nigeria (@UNICEF_Nigeria) February 26, 2021
“We are angered and saddened by yet another brutal attack on schoolchildren in Nigeria,” Mr. Hawkins stated. “This is a gross violation of children’s rights and a horrific experience for children to go through – one which could have long-lasting effects on their mental health and well-being.”
Way of life
Such incidents have turn out to be “a way of life” to many in Nigeria, Mr. Hawkins advised UN News in an unique interview, recorded earlier than Friday’s improvement.
Bandits hoping to make fast money by forcing the households and authorities to pay ransom cash their hostages, usually goal establishments simply out of attain of State management and often in rural areas, he defined.
It comes after dozens of boys and lecturers have been taken from a school housing borders, in central Nigeria’s Niger state final week; they’ve but to be launched.
According to reviews, Friday’s incident assault occurred in the course of the night time on the Government Girls Secondary School in Jangebe, Zamfara state.
“We utterly condemn the attack and call on those responsible to release the girls immediately and for the government to take steps to ensure their safe release and the safety of all other schoolchildren in Nigeria”, Mr. Hawkins stated.
“Children should feel safe at home and at school at all times – and parents should not need to worry for the safety of their children when they send them off to school in the morning.”
After acknowledging the efforts of the Government of Nigeria to safe the discharge of kidnapped schoolchildren in Nigeria, the UNICEF official urged the authorities “to make schools safe”.
Boko Haram menace
In addition to these armed gangs working in Nigeria’s northwest, north-central and northern states, Boko Haram extremists nonetheless management huge areas of the northeast.
Nearly seven years in the past, Boko Haram – whose title is often translated as “western schooling is forbidden” – took 276 women from their college in Chibok in northeast Nigeria. Many of them stay lacking.
Access to education is key
Despite the risks – and due to them – humanitarians imagine that schooling ought to stay a precedence for governments, who ought to additionally enhance entry to classes for the most weak.
Highlighting how progress is being made towards the extremists within the former Boko Haram stronghold of Maiduguri, capital of Borno state, UNICEF’s Peter Hawkins fortunately described how “thousands of children, tens of thousands of children” have now returned to the classroom – one thing that not have been imagined in the course of the extremists’ insurgency, which started in 2009.
Miraculous change is feasible
“If you went to Maidiguri in 2015-2016, there was nothing happening, no schools”, he stated. “If you go there now…there are traffic jams of KKs – the three-wheelers around the city transporting children…girls and boys. It’s a miraculous change that has taken place.”
Friday’s college assault comes simply over per week after the same assault in Niger state on a college for boys. UNICEF is working with companions to verify the precise variety of kidnapped college students, presently estimated to be greater than 300.