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HRW says Nigeria has not done enough to protect schools from Boko Haram attacks

19 December 2016, 07:21

Abuja - Human Rights Watch (HRW) has disapproved Nigeria’s response to the Boko Haram’s violent campaign against Western education in local schools.

The rights group, in an assessment on the impact of extremism on schools and pupils globally, said Nigeria had not adequately protected schools from attacks.

Boko Haram's name translates to “Western education is forbidden.”

HRW quoted one teacher as saying his secondary school had become “a Boko Haram slaughtering ground.”

“Anyone they (terrorists) caught, they will bring to the school and kill them.”

The human rights organization further said in conflict-affected states, fewer than 90 000 of nearly 590 000 displaced school-age children could access education.

Compounding the problem, Nigeria’s government has closed both primary and secondary schools in order for security forces to use them as operations posts or barracks.

Also read: Nigeria violates rights, ignores military violations: HRW

HRW said this was in violation of Nigeria’s own commitment to the Safe Schools Declaration signed in 2015.

“Some governmental responses have only made matters worse,” stated HRW.

HRW said daily, in 2015, around 17 000 children fled their homes due to persecution and conflict. Forcibly displaced children, including refugees, have the right to available and accessible quality secondary education, without discrimination.

In Nigeria, the Boko Haram has killed over 20 000 civilians and displaced more than 3 million in a seven-year violent campaign to carve an Islamic State.

– CAJ News

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