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DOCUMENTS & REPORTS
Report of the Secretary-General on children and armed conflict in Nigeria 2017

Author: United Nations Security Council
Document Type: Reports
Document Abstract:

The present report is submitted pursuant to Security Council resolution 1612 (2005) and subsequent resolutions on children and armed conflict. It is the first report of the Secretary-General on the situation in Nigeria and contains information on the impact of armed conflict on children during the period from January 2013 to December 2016.

The report focuses on the three States in the north-east most affected by the conflict (Adamawa, Borno and Yobe) and highlights grave violations against children committed by parties to the conflict, including Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati wal-Jihad (commonly known as “Boko Haram”), the Nigerian security forces and Civilian Joint Task Force. In the context of the regional spillover of Boko Haram’s activities, issues of concern in neighbouring countries are also included.

The report notes that the highly volatile and rapidly evolving security situation in north-eastern Nigeria often resulted in limited monitoring access for the United Nations, and as a consequence, the information contained in the report does not reflect the full scale of the grave violations committed against children. However, the report documents trends and provides information on verified incidents, including a large number of attacks on schools, the mass abduction of children and the use of girls as suicide bombers by Boko Haram. The screening and detention of children for their alleged association with Boko Haram is also highlighted.

At the end of the report, the Secretary-General provides recommendations to end and prevent grave violations in Nigeria and improve the protection of children.


Focus Country: Nigeria
Language: English
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