Jutha Gupah, Maiduguri
The Borno State government in partnership with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has reintegrated 3, 604 children into liberated communities.
The reintegrated children were “unaccompanied and separated” from their parents, caused by the over a decade insurgency in the state.
Unveiling the reintegration process, yesterday (Wednesday), in Maiduguri, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) representative in Nigeria, Christian Munduate, disclosed that 3, 604 children formerly associated with armed groups were reintegrated with their families in September 2022.
She noted that this was compared to 4, 412 reintegrated children into schools and communities in 2021.
According to her, UNICEF has supported the State government to reintegrate 4, 174 children released by armed groups with their families.
To over the traumas of children, Munduate, said that over 200, 000 children were also provided psychosocial support; with access to child-friendly space and intersectoral interventions.
She added that over 1, 000 functional health facilities in the insurgency affected states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe, are grossly understaffed, particularly the technical ones.