By Chika OnyesiThe United Nations Children’s Fund has condemned the use of children as human bombs during conflict.
They are also against assigning children any combat or non-combat roles in the conflict in the North-east Nigeria.
The Children’s charity is reacting to news of deliberate use of children as suicide bombers in a recent attack in Borno State.
According to a statement signed by UNICEF Representative in Nigeria, Peter Hawkins ‘‘three children – two girls and a boy (ages unknown) – were used to detonate explosives that killed 30 people and injured 40 others at a community football viewing centre in Konduga, Borno State on Monday.
While sending his condolence to those killed or injured in the horrific incident, Peter Hawkins said it is unacceptable that children should be used in this way.
“UNICEF appeals to all those involved in this terrible conflict to protect children at all times and to keep them out of harm’s way’’
This latest incident brings the number of children reported to have been used as human bombs since January 2019 to five.
‘‘In 2018, 48 children – including 38 girls – were used in suicide attacks.’’
The UNICEF has now called on all parties in the conflict in north-east of Nigeria to immediately cease all attacks against civilians, to stop using children in this conflict, and to abide by their obligations under international humanitarian law.”