June 28, 2022

Death of Children through unexploded ordnance unacceptable- UNICEF

Death of Children through unexploded ordnance unacceptable- UNICEF

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has condemned the deaths of three children in Borno, who were reportedly killed by unexploded ordnance.

UNICEF, while describing the incident as unacceptable, said in a statement on Saturday that the avoidable deaths of the children – as young as 12 years – who were playing on Mblu Bridge in Ngala, is yet another sad reminder that children remain direct and indirect targets of the protracted conflict wracking north-east Nigeria. 

During the incident, three children lost their lives, leaving three others in critical conditions, with two other children sustained mild injuries.

The statement read that: “In 12 years of protracted conflict in the north-east, thousands of children in the region have been killed, maimed, abducted, displaced, and experienced multiple violations of their human rights. UNICEF is deeply worried that conflict-affected children continue to be casualties of war.”

The UNICEF Nigeria Representative, Peter Hawkins, was quoted in the statement to have said that: “First of all, we extend our deepest and heartfelt sympathy to the families of the children killed. No family should have to go through this – and no child should fall victim to unexploded remnants of war while playing.”

He lamented that children are at particular risk from unexploded ordnance, which are small enough to pick up or kick around, and which children can mistake for toys or objects of value, noting that such weapons account for over half of those killed or injured by landmines and other explosive remnants of war globally.

He said: “These deaths are unacceptable. All sides to the ongoing conflict must protect children and prioritise their wellbeing at all times. Playing fields, schoolyards and communities must be safe and habitable for children.”

Hawkins added that: “Children’s lives should not be at stake in a conflict they didn’t start. We must address the shrinking safe spaces for children and ensure that children – especially those already affected by conflict – are protected and have a chance to survive and fulfill their potential.”

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