Boko Haram recruits 2,000 children -UNICEF

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Nigerian terrorist group, Boko Haram, recruited about 2,000 children in 2016 and used them as child soldiers, the UN Children’s Fund has said. UNICEF Executive Director, Anthony Lake, disclosed this as global leaders gathered in Paris on the anniversary of the Paris Commitments to end the use of children in conflict, according to a UN report.

Lake said estimates indicated that tens of thousands under the age of 18 were being used in conflicts worldwide.

According to the UNICEF chief, exact data on the number of children used and recruited in armed conflict is difficult to ascertain because of the unlawful nature of child recruitment.