Nigeria is among the twelve most dangerous countries for children in conflict, according to a new report by a non-governmental organisation, (NGO), ‘Save the Children International’.
The report, which was released on Friday showed that a total of 93,236 children have been killed or maimed in conflicts in the last 10 years, with more than three million children living in an area where violence had been raging for 18 years or more.
In the report, the NGO said 25 children, the equivalent of a classroom full of pupils, have been killed or injured on average every day. It revealed that over 4,400 times humanitarian organisations were denied access to children – six times as often as in 2018.
“Many were victims of airstrikes, shelling, landmines and other explosive weapons used in populated areas where families have been ripped apart and tens of thousands of children left dead or scarred for life”, according to Inger Ashing, the CEO of ‘Save the Children International’, in the report.
It stated that around 160 million children lived in a high-intensity conflict zone, also an increase compared to 2018. The impact of explosive weapons on children is complex, Ashing said, robbing families of their hopes and their ability to access vital services, and often profoundly altering the direction of a child’s life.
The report, launched on World Children’s Day, is the fourth in a series entitled: “Stop the War on Children”, listed other countries to include: Syria, Somalia, Afghanistan, Yemen, DRC, Mali, CAR, Iraq, South Sudan, and Sudan.