United Nations Children and Education Fund welcomes 183 Boko Haram trapped children

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Meanwhile, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator to Nigeria, Edward Kallon, says the UN has welcomed the release of the 183 children suspected to be connected with Boko Haram.

Kallon, represented by Ibrahim Cecee, noted that the release was sequel to the clearance of the children, aged between 7 and 18; of ties with the insurgents.

Kallon added that the children would receive medical attention and psychosocial support before the process of reuniting them with their families and reintegration into society.

According to him, the organization had supported the social and economic reintegration of more than 8,700 children released from armed groups since 2017.

The UN official added that the children were assisted to trace their families and returned to their communities; the organisation also offered them psychosocial support, education, vocational training, informal apprenticeships, and opportunities to improve their livelihoods.

Also, Gov. Kashim Shettima lauded the military over the release of the children and the successes recorded in the counter-insurgency campaign.

Shettima, who was represented by the Commissioner for Women Affairs, Fanta Baba-Shehu, admonished the children to pay attention to what they would learn to enable them become responsible members of the society.