RSS Follow Become a Fan

Recent Posts

Voter Suppression 2020 - Defining American Democracy in the Term of Donald Trump
Deepest Sorrow to the Loved Ones of those Killed by COVID-19
Recklessness - the Trump Photo-Op and the Spread of COVID-19 at the White House
The Pandemic and the United States President - Crossing Fate
Stirring up Trouble Without the Capacity to Contain It - the Trump Division

Most Popular Posts

Mourn with Moore
On Partnerships of Conflicting Ideologies as a Force Shaping Extremism
DC Linktank
The World in 2014 - Asia
From This Point


Elections 2013
Friends in Business
Gun control
Immigration Reform
In America
Natural Disaster
The World
Towards 2014


October 2020
September 2020
August 2020
July 2020
June 2020
May 2020
April 2020
March 2020
February 2020
January 2020
December 2019
November 2019
October 2019
September 2019
August 2019
July 2019
June 2019
May 2019
April 2019
March 2019
February 2019
January 2019
December 2018
November 2018
October 2018
September 2018
August 2018
July 2018
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013

powered by

My Blog

Missing Childhoods - the Theft of Innocence in Nigeria

The United Nations Children's Fund(UNICEF) issued a stark report yesterday on the state of children in militant-ravished parts of Nigeria, where one year-ago, 300 girls were kidnapped from their school by militants. The report declared that children make up more than half of Nigeria's 1.5 million displaced people from Boko Haram's Islamic insurgency.

That another 800,000 of the world's children, have been forced from their homes because of conflict, is a sad and dire testament of the times in this modern era and of the impotency and of the failure of international organizations to successfully protect the most vulnerable and innocent of all victims. 

Thus, hundreds of thousands of Africa's children have now joined thousands killed and millions displaced in the Levant, as victims of conflicts to which they are not willing parties. Moreover, the numbers of effected children from conflicts could rise exponentially as another crises deepens in Yemen, as the Ukraine conflict returns hot, as Somali militants seek to taunt civility, as the Islamic State(IS) continues its wrath upon the Levant, and as Bashar al Assad retains the reins of power in Damascus.

With regards to Nigeria's 800,000 displaced children, the UN report revealed that some "Children have become deliberate targets, often subjected to extreme violence - from sexual abuse and forced marriage to kidnappings and brutal killings," the Associated Press(AP) reported.

The report added: "Children have also become weapons, made to fight alongside armed groups and at times used as human bombs."

Boko Haram has deliberately targeted schools in Nigeria. It has destroyed or severely damaged 300 schools and killed at least 314 pupils and 196 teachers as well as kidnapped hundreds of children, including 300 girls a year ago, of which 219 still remain missing, the AP reported.

Therefore, with growing numbers of children missing their childhoods and having their innocence stolen in Africa, in the Middle East, in Europe and in Asia, it becomes even more resoundingly imperative for the international community, especially the stalwarts of democracy, of equal rights and of the rule of law, to re-intensify all efforts and protections to safeguard the welfare of the world's children.