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Published Date: Wednesday 10 July 2019 - 08:35:07
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UN: 8,000 children recruited by Boko Haram

UN: 8,000 children recruited by Boko Haram
World  - At least 8,000 children have been recruited by the Boko Haram terrorist movement across the Lake Chad region in Central Africa since it launched its violent campaign in 2009, the UN said in a statement on Monday.

Sylvester Tunde Atere, national project officer of the UN Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC), stated in a statement that the children were used by the group in combatant and noncombatant roles, Anadolu Agency reported.

"Recruitment and exploitation have a long-lasting impact on children's lives," the statement noted, adding, "Today, rehabilitating and reintegrating these children pose significant challenges, not only in view of their number, but also due to the intense and lasting traumatic effects."

The UNODC accused Daesh-affiliated Boko Haram of raping or forcing teenage girls into marriage.

 

News Code: 27849
Published Date: Wednesday 10 July 2019 - 08:35:07
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