Stand up against terror on young girls and children in Nigeria and globally
Nigeria has being facing insecurity challenges lately, one of which is insurgency.
Boko Haram has being leashing terror on children and school premises – abducting schoolgirls, using young and innocent children as suicide bombers and child soldiers. It is indeed a very traumatic and heartbreaking situation.
It was revealed recently that some parents in the north-eastern region of Nigeria had sold their young daughters to Boko Haram as potential suicide bombers, at the cost of #150,000 naira only. This has kept me thinking on how poverty and ignorance can lead people to get involved in an inhumane act.
One of the girls sacrificed by her dad for money and wired with an explosive vest and detonator reported to security. Her dad had spread a mat in preparation for funeral prayers for his daughter when he was arrested.
Interrogations led to further revelations of parents who were about to receive payments for supplying their daughters as suicide bombers.
Most of the abducted children rescued from Boko Haram camps cannot even remember their identity. This could happen to anybody anywhere and anytime.
I urge everyone to join A World at School Global Youth Ambassadors in standing up against terror and violence on marginalised children and young girls globally. Terror on one is terror on all.
Children have the right to be treated well and to be safe – it is their human right. Raise your voice and take action for the safety of girls and children everywhere, to ensure they get back into school and learning by signing the #UpForSchool Petition. Thank you.