One Million Forced Out Of School By Boko Haram War

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An estimated one million children have been forced out of
school as a result of violent attacks by Boko Haram in northeastern Nigeria and
its neighbouring countries, a new UNICEF report said on Tuesday.
The ongoing violence has led to the closure of more than
2,000 schools in Nigeria, Chad, Niger and Cameroon, the agency said. Hundreds
of others have been attacked, looted or burned by Boko Haram, whose name
roughly translates to “Western education is forbidden”.
“The conflict has been a huge blow for education in the
region, and violence has kept many children out of the classroom for more than
a year, putting them at risk of dropping out of school altogether,” said
Manuel Fontaine, UNICEF’s West and Central Africa regional director.
Fontaine said the “staggering” figure of one
million children out of school increased the risks of them being “abused,
abducted and recruited by armed groups”. How sad.

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