The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund, UNICEF, has supported the release of over 2,000 children from the administrative detention of the security forces in Borno State that were recovered from non state armed groups.
The UNICEF Chief of Maiduguri Field Office, Ms. Phuong Nguyen, stated this while speaking with Radio Nigeria.
Ms. Nguyen said with the collaboration of the Borno State government and the state’s Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, the agency would ensure that these children received their prompt central and community based integration to help recover their lost childhood.
Ms. Nguyen said these children were kept at the Bulumkutu Transit Centre, Maiduguri where they were provided with an average of 12 weeks of interim care services including quality education, vocational skills aqusition and psychosocial support.
The UNICEF Chief called on all stakeholders to give the Nigerian children, especially those in the North East, a sense of belonging and end the grave violations against children.
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