(HRW) – This week, a United Nations expert committee will review Nigeria’s record concerning women and girls. It will be an opportunity both to endorse Nigeria’s efforts to protect its schoolgirls from abduction and attack, and to urge more action. Boko Haram, a homegrown Islamist armed group, has for years carried out a campaign of deliberate attacks on girls, teachers, […]

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(AllAfrica) –  A United States 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report has accused Nigeria of involving children under the age of 18 in its military operations in “hostile environments.” But the Army in a swift reaction, dismissed the report as not only baseless but designed to tarnish its hard-earned image. The report listed Nigeria among countries […]

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(Time) – The 14-year-old retreats into silence for days, only to lash out explosively at the slightest disturbance. “We are afraid of her sometimes,” says Fatsuma, with an uneasy glance at her daughter sitting across the room. “When she came back from Boko Haram, she was different, hard-hearted.” Fatsuma believes it was because Fatima was forced to […]

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(Washington Post) –  The soldiers arrived in the middle of the night, tearing through the village of Nigerian refugees, barging into stick huts where families slept in knots on the floor. For years, those refugees had been on the run from Boko Haram insurgents, finally escaping across a dried riverbed that served as the border with […]

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(UN News Centre) – Calling for immediate humanitarian action amid rising malnutrition, thirst and disease, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned today that millions of lives are at risk in four countries stretching from Africa to the Middle East. The welcome announcement of an end to famine conditions in South Sudan earlier this week should […]

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(New York Times) – When the boys of Baga think back to home on the shores of Lake Chad in northeastern Nigeria, they remember a life that was not hard on any human. At dusk, fishermen cast their nets in the lake’s blue-green waters, careful to avoid the spots where townspeople swam and washed. The next […]

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(Vanguard) – The UN Special Envoy for Global Education, Mr Gordon Brown, says there are about 11 million out-of-school children in northeast Nigeria due to the destructive activities of the Boko Haram terrorists. Brown, former British Prime Minister and chair of the Commission on Financing Education Opportunity, told the Correspondent of the Newsmen in New York that […]

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