Nigeria lost about 550,000 babies between 2013 to 2017 - Save the Children

Nigeria lost about 550,000 babies between 2013 to 2017 - Save the Children

- A report by the Save the Children organization has revealed that Nigeria is among 10 countries affected by armed conflict and may have lost about 550,000 babies between 2013 and 2017

- The report revealed that children face threats of either getting killed, maimed, recruited to armed groups, abducted or falling victims of sexual violence, among others, everyday

- The organisation urged independent bodies to probe and analyse all violations of humanitarian laws, human rights, especially children rights

The Save the Children International’s report titled ‘Stop the War On Children’ has raised concern over the unprecedented increase in violence against children, from 10,000 in 2010 to 25,000 in 2017.

According to The Guardian, the analysis revealed that Nigeria is among 10 countries affected by armed conflict and may have lost about 550,000 babies between 2013 and 2017.

READ ALSO: 2019 UTME: Adhere to printing order of examination slips - JAMB tells candidates

Legit.ng gathers that the report further disclosed that about 870,000 children under the age of five have lost their lives to conflicts, and one in five children live in areas affected by conflicts.

While including a breakdown of United Nations (UN) data on grave violence against children, the report revealed that children face threats of either getting killed, maimed, recruited to armed groups, abducted or falling victims of sexual violence, among others, everyday.

During the launch of the campaign to stop violence against children, which held in Abuja, the country director of Save the Children, Ben Foot, said: “Our analysis clearly shows the situation is getting worse for children and the world is allowing this travesty to happen.

“Every day, children come under attack because armed and military groups disregard international laws and treaties. From the use of chemical weapons to rape as a weapon of war, war crimes are being committed with impunity.”

The organisation urged independent bodies to probe and analyse all violations of humanitarian laws, human rights, especially children rights.

It also called on the international community to hold those who break the rule of war accountable and not tolerate them.

PAY ATTENTION: Install our latest app for Android, read best news on Nigeria’s #1 news app

Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Niger state called on the state government to prosecute parents and guardians of street children for child abuse offences.

Its chairman, Idris Ndako, said that if taken, such step would serve as a deterrent to parents and guardians who abuse children in any form.

NAIJ.com (naija.ng) -> Legit.ng: Same great journalism, upgraded for better service!

Woman delivers quintuplets in Anambra, asks Nigerians for help - on Legit TV:

Source: Legit

Mailfire view pixel