The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has expressed dismay by yet another attack on an educational institution in Nigeria, after terrorists abducted over 70 students in a school in Northwest Nigeria.
On Wednesday, Sept. 1, a Vice-principal and 73 students were abducted by a group of terrorists from Government Day Secondary School Kaya, in Maradun Local Government Area of Zamfara State.
Peter Hawkins, UNICEF Representative in Nigeria said in a statement that the UN agency “strongly disapproved of this attack made on students and the educational institution.”
“We strongly condemn this attack, which has happened just a few days after kidnapped students of a school in Niger State, North-central Nigeria, were freed,” Hawkins declared.
He also said that attacks on schools and abduction of learners are 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 overall well-being.
“Schools must be safe; no child should experience any harm because they went to school, and no parent should come to grief for sending their children to learn,” Hawkins said.
He also called on the authorities to take expedited action to rescue these students and reunite them with their families.
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