UNICEF: regional militia allied with Nigerian government forces freed almost 900 children

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has revealed that a regional militia allied with Nigerian government forces freed almost 900 children it had used in the war against insurgents.

In a statement released on UNICEF website, the move has brought the total number of children freed to more than 1,700.

Welcoming the development, UNICEF Representative in Nigeria and the Co-chair of United Nations Country Task Force on Monitoring and Reporting on Grave Child Rights Violations (CTFMR), Mohamed Fall said, “any commitment for children that is matched with action is a step in the right direction for the protection of children’s rights and must be recognized and encouraged’’.