Boko Haram has trapped families and children in a cycle of poverty they cannot break.
Nigeria – August 6 2019

Boko Haram: 5 reasons this is a war on children

Boko Haram’s decade-long violent rebellion against the Nigerian government has led to the deaths of at least 20,000 people and forced more than two million people to flee their homes. Most recently a further 65 people were murdered as they returned from a funeral in a suspected Boko Haram attack in the Borno State.  

The war is ruining children’s lives.  

They have suffered terrible violence and abuse, been forced from their homes and schools and lost or been separated from their families. The conflict has left many children trapped in a cycle of poverty from which they cannot escape.  

SOS Children’s Villages local team in Borno State are helping 4,000 vulnerable children to recover from their ordeals. We will help them access education, find a safe place to play and recuperate, and offer them and their families the practical and emotional support they need to start again.  

Discover five ways that the Nigerian conflict has become a war on children below:

Our child-friendly space in the Jere Local Government Area is a safe place where children can play, study, and behave like the children they are. It offers children respite from the challenges of their everyday lives and access to education, recreational activities and mental health care.  

Eghosa Erhumwunse, SOS Children’s Villages National Director in Nigeria explained, “the ongoing instability in northeast Nigeria has taken a heavy toll on children, many of whom have lost loved ones through violence and displacement.  

“Our immediate priorities are to protect children, support victims of sexual and gender-based violence, and help in providing safe water, sanitation and hygiene for vulnerable children and families.” 

With your support, we will continue to be there for children and families in Nigeria as long as they need us. Make a donation or sponsor a child today.

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