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140 Children Taken by Gunmen as Nigeria’s Kidnapping Crisis Mounts

HeadlineJul 07, 2021

In Nigeria, at least 140 children went missing after gunmen raided a boarding school in Kaduna state Monday in the 10th mass kidnapping to be recorded in northwest Nigeria since December. Also on Monday, armed men kidnapped at least eight people, including a 1-year-old, from a hospital staff residence in Kaduna. The U.N. says the mounting attacks are leading fearful parents to keep their kids out of class, compounding the educational crisis in Nigeria, where 13.2 million children do not attend school. This is UNICEF representative Peter Hawkins.

Peter Hawkins: “It really is of concern that this has become a money-spinning exercise, where schools have become an easy target for kidnappers and resources have become available to pay the kidnappers off.”

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