UNICEF, condemns death of 3 Children through unexploded ordinance in Borno State
The United Nations Children Fund, UNICEF, has condemned the deaths of 3 children in Borno, north-east Nigeria, who were reportedly killed by unexploded remnants of war.
A statement by UNICEF Nigeria’s representatives, Peter Hawkins, and released by Communication Specialist, Folashade Adebayo, says the avoidable deaths of the children as young as 12 years who were playing on Mblu Bridge in Ngala, is yet another sad reminder that children remain direct and indirect targets of the protracted conflict wracking north-east Nigeria.
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Hawkins, noted that While 3 children have sadly lost their lives, 3 others are in critical conditions as 2 others are nursing injuries sustained.
He said In 12 years of protracted conflict in the northeast, thousands of children in the region have been killed, maimed, abducted, displaced, and experienced multiple violations of their human rights, adding it is deeply worried that conflict-affected children continue to be casualties of war.
The UNICEF Nigeria’s representative, used the statement to extend UNICEF deepest and heartfelt sympathy to the families of the children killed, stressing that no family should have to go through this and no child should fall victim to unexploded remnants of war while playing.
He said children are at particular risk from unexploded ordnance, which are small enough to pick up or kick around, and which children can mistake for toys or objects of value and Such weapons account for over half of those killed or injured by landmines and other explosive remnants of war globally.
Hawkins also described as unacceptable the death of the children and called on All sides in the ongoing conflict to protect children and prioritise their wellbeing at all times.
He further calls for Playing fields, schoolyards, and communities as a must to be safe and habitable for children,’
According to UNICEF, Children’s lives should not be at stake in a conflict they didn’t start, highlighting the need to address the shrinking safe spaces for children and ensure that children especially those already affected by conflict are protected and have a chance to survive and fulfill their potential.
(Editor: Abaje Usekwe)
This post was written by Kamang Maitala and was first published at ait.live