Nigeria: UNICEF welcomes Nigeria military's release of 752 women, children, elderly men

Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has welcomed the release of 752 women, children and elderly men from Giwa military barracks in Maiduguri, Borno State.

"The release is a demonstration of the Nigerian authorities’ commitment to better protecting children and helping families to rebuild their lives," statement issued by acting UNICEF Nigeria Representative Pernille Ironside on Thursday said.

They had been held for screening after previously having been under the control of Boko Haram militants, UNICEF said, adding
these are first and foremost victims of this horrific conflict. They were released on Wednesday.

The statement said UNICEF was working closely with the Borno State Ministry of Women’s Affairs and Social Development and other partners to support the children in their recovery and return to their communities.

Medical personnel are also assessing the condition of the women and children. Counselling services are on hand and social workers are helping to trace parents or guardians, so that they can reunite children who have been separated from their families. Children will also have an opportunity to start learning and playing again.

"This is the first important step on a long road to recovery and normalcy for these children and women who will require ongoing support to reintegrate their families and communities,” UNICEF said.
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06 october 2017 06:27:47

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