Armed ViolenceHuman RightsNews

Zamfara School Attack Is A Violation Of Children’s Rights – UNICEF

Kidnapping is a gross violation of children’s rights and should not be tolerated.

The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) has spoken against the abduction of over 400 schoolgirls in Zamfara State, Northwest Nigeria, on Friday, describing it as a gross violation of children’s rights.

The organisation also called on the government at all levels and all concerned to make schools safe in Nigeria.

Peter Hawkins, the UNICEF Representative in Nigeria, said it was 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.

Hawkins said  UNICEF was working with partners to confirm the exact number of kidnapped students in the 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,” the UN chief said.

“We are angered and saddened and by yet another brutal attack on schoolchildren in Nigeria.”

He said children should feel safe at home and 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”.

Hawkins said UNICEF acknowledged efforts made by Nigeria’s government to secure the release of kidnapped students in the country.

The Zamfara school attack occurred about a week after students, staff members and parents were abducted by armed bandits from a school in Niger State.

Meanwhile, students kidnapped in Niger State have not been released.

Support Our Journalism

There are millions of ordinary people affected by conflict in Africa whose stories are missing in the mainstream media. HumAngle is determined to tell those challenging and under-reported stories, hoping that the people impacted by these conflicts will find the safety and security they deserve.

To ensure that we continue to provide public service coverage, we have a small favour to ask you. We want you to be part of our journalistic endeavour by contributing a token to us.

Your donation will further promote a robust, free, and independent media.

Donate Here

Of course, we want our exclusive stories to reach as many people as possible and would appreciate it if you republish them. We only ask that you properly attribute to HumAngle, generally including the author's name, a link to the publication and a line of acknowledgement. Contact us for enquiries or requests.

Contact Us

Azeezat Adedigba

Azeezat Adedigba is an Assistant Editor/ Lagos Bureau Chief for HumAngle. She is also an investigative journalist and the winner of the 2019 Female Reporters Leadership Program (FRLP) organised by Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ). Azeezat is passionate about gender and children advocacy. She has a degree in Mass Communication from the University of Jos.

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Back to top button

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Translate »