15 April 2016
A new report released by the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) on Tuesday shows that the terrorist group, Boko Haram uses children to carry out at least 20% of its suicide attacks.
According to the report, 44 children were used in attacks carried out by the sect in 2015, and three-quarters of the child bombers were girls. Young girls used by the group are also forced to endure constant sexual violence and forced marriages.
Manuel Fontaine, UNICEF Regional Director for West and Central Africa, said, “Let us be clear: these children are victims, not perpetrators… deceiving children and forcing them to carry out deadly acts has been one of the most horrific aspects of the violence in Nigeria and in neighboring countries.”
Boko Haram is considered to be the deadliest terrorist group in the world. In 2014, over 6,600 people died as a result of attacks carried out by the militant group, making it even deadlier than the Islamic State.