About 196 teachers and 314 school children have been killed in attacks spearheaded by members of the Boko Haram sect in the North-East of Nigeria, Plan International, a global advocacy group, has said. This brings the total number of teachers and students killed by the terrorists to 510.
The Country Director of PI, Dr. Hussaini Abdu, stated this on Thursday evening in Abuja, during a symposium in commemoration of this year’s Global African Child’s Day. According to him, children have continued to face gloomy future since the Boko Haram insurgency started in the Northern region of the country.
He said, “It is reported that over 300 schools have been severely damaged or destroyed and at least 196 teachers and 314 school children were killed in the period of Boko Haram insurgency. The last six to seven years have been difficult for Nigerian children, especially those in the North Eastern states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe. The region has been ravaged by devastating Boko Haram insurgency and state military action.
“Since 2009 when Boko Haram started its violent campaign, over 20,000 have been reported killed, 2.2 million displaced, many of them women and children. As of June, 15, 2016, 14.8 million people have been affected by this crisis. Seven million of these numbers are in need of humanitarian assistance, of which only 3.9 million are being covered.”