Boko Haram put more children in for attacks

The number of minors by the terrorist organisation that Boko Haram is used for suicide attacks in the conflict area around Lake Chad is rising alarmingly.

In the first quarter of 2017 were all 27 children, often girls, forced to blow up. That's a threefold increase compared to the same period last year and almost as much as in the whole of 2016.

The figures in the latest report of Unicef, the United Nations Children's Fund. As far as is known, have since 2014 all 117 children on public places in Nigeria, Chad, Niger and Cameroon a bomb they had detonated.

"This is the most horrible way in which children can be employed during a conflict," said Marie-Pierre Poirier, Unicef Director in West and Central Africa. "These children are victims, not criminals." For fear of attacks check security services increasingly young people and even babies near markets and other crowded public places. In 2016 were nearly 1500 young suspects arrested, more than a third is still stuck.

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