Nigeria: Decrease in Grave Violations Against Children Though Boys, Girls Continue to Suffer from Volatile Security Situation in North-East Region

Third Report of the UN Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict in Nigeria Children living in the three conflict-affected states in north-east Nigeria have continued to endure grave violations, though in decreasing numbers, mainly at the hands of Boko Haram-affiliated and splinter groups, and efforts must be increased to protect children from violence and conflict, [...]

2022-09-07T07:26:15-04:00Wednesday, 7 September 2022|

Abduction of Children in Armed Conflict: New Guidance Offers Tools for Monitors to Better Address One of the Most Complex Grave Violations of Children’s Rights

In an effort to strengthen the monitoring and reporting on the abduction of children in armed conflict, a guidance note is being published* by the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict offering additional tools to practitioners to address this complex grave violation of children’s rights in times of [...]

2022-07-18T09:12:13-04:00Monday, 18 July 2022|

A Stolen Childhood and a Future to Repair: Vulnerability of Girls & Boys in Armed Conflict Exacerbated by COVID-19 Pandemic

Annual Report of the Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict The year 2020 has been particularly somber for conflict-affected children with more than 19,300* boys and girls directly suffering one or more grave violations against them, highlights the Annual Report of the Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict (CAAC), covering the year 2020. The overall [...]

2021-06-21T10:03:12-04:00Monday, 21 June 2021|

Nigeria: UN Official Calls for Immediate Release of Abducted Schoolkids, with Unprecedented Level of Incidents Reported in Recent Months

The UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Virginia Gamba, calls for the immediate release of all children abducted, including in the most recent incident in Nigeria in which presumably 80 schoolkids were taken from a school in the state of Kebbi. This call comes as today marks the sixth anniversary [...]

2021-06-18T11:41:32-04:00Friday, 18 June 2021|

Nigeria: Missing Schoolgirls must be Immediately Released, Concerns at Increased Abduction Incidents – UN Representative for Children & Armed Conflict

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict (SRSG CAAC), Virginia Gamba, called for the immediate release of some 300 schoolgirls abducted last week in Nigeria’s Zamfara State. She expressed serious concerns at the notable increase of abduction incidents in the country in recent months in which girls have been particularly targeted. [...]

2021-03-01T15:16:56-05:00Monday, 1 March 2021|

Abducted, Recruited, Forcibly Married, Detained: Children in Somalia Endured Staggering Levels of Grave Violations

Children in Somalia have endured among the highest levels of violence of all countries on the Children and Armed Conflict agenda, with number of cases of recruitment and use, abduction and sexual violence exceeding those verified in other country situations, highlighted the fifth report of the Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict in Somalia. A [...]

2020-04-01T14:27:09-04:00Wednesday, 1 April 2020|

South Sudan: UNMISS and UNICEF Support the Reunification of Abducted Children with their Families

Original story by Filip Andersson, UNMISS Every big journey starts with a small step. The first such steps, crucial ones at that, towards a happy family reunion have been taken by three young boys. Abducted in 2017, they have been released, and on Friday 14 December they arrived, from Bor, in Juba on board a [...]

2018-12-17T10:57:40-05:00Monday, 17 December 2018|

In Nigeria, a new start for children who survived abductions

When Fati was taken by an armed group in her hometown, she thought she'd never see her family again. By Kusali Nellie Kubwalo, UNICEF Nigeria BORNO, Nigeria – Fati* smiles, waving as the van pulls out of the transit centre in which she has stayed for two months. After being held for three years by a [...]

2018-12-14T11:25:31-05:00Monday, 10 December 2018|

Leila Zerrougui thanks Security Council for response to rising abductions after telling of “devastating year” for children in conflict zones

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon introduces SRSG Leila Zerrougui at Security Council stakeout, where she briefs media on her address before Council Members

2021-08-24T08:15:05-04:00Thursday, 18 June 2015|

Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict Welcomes UN Security Council Resolution on Abduction as “Trigger” Violation

The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui, today welcomed the adoption of the United Nations Security Council’s Resolution 2225, following the 15-member Council’s unanimous approval of the draft, which the Permanent Mission of Malaysia to the United Nations sponsored, along with 55 co-sponsors. The measure adds “abduction” to the “trigger” violations [...]

2021-08-24T08:18:26-04:00Thursday, 18 June 2015|
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