No fewer than 300,000 children have reportedly died in the Northeast since the advent of the insurgency in the region twelve years ago.
Peter Hawkins, the Representative of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Nigeria, and the Head of Cooperation of the European Union (EU), Cecile Tassin-Pelzer, who released these figures in a joint press release, also they confirmed that more than a million children had also been displaced.
Aid agencies have now called on all parties to the conflict to protect children from the ‘short and long-term effects of war, warning that a recent Mental Health and Psychological Support (MHPSS) assessment needs a Assessment of conflict-affected children in Nigeria revealed widespread psychological distress manifesting as high levels of anxiety, mistrust, anger, as well as aggressiveness and hypervigilance.
They stressed that the scars of the conflict were real and lasting for children and that too many children in the Northeast were victims of a conflict that they had not started.
UNICEF country representatives advised that affected children be allowed and supported to regain their childhood and restart their lives.
EU Head of Cooperation Cecile Tassin-Pelzer also warned that addressing the psychological well-being and development of children and teachers in conflict situations is an important part of restoring the provision of education and allowing children to re-enter schools. in a safe way.