Boko Haram Recruited 2,000 Child Soldiers in 2016: UNICEF

(UPI) The Nigerian insurgent group Boko Haram recruited 2,000 children to fight in 2016, a United Nations report released Tuesday said.

The data were part of a report indicating that at least 65,000 children, worldwide, were released from military and armed groups in the past 10 years. An estimated 17,000 children were recruited in South Sudan since 2013; there have been nearly 1,500 cases of child recruitment in Yemen the escalation of hostilities in 2015; and child soldiers in the Central African Republic have numbered 10,000, the report by UNICEF said.

Of those released from military servitude, more than 20,000 were in the Democratic Republic of Congo, nearly 9,000 in the Central African Republic and 1,600 in Chad.

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  • Grace Kim Kwon

    To pagans, all women and children are sub-humans. They use children as human shields. Christians alone value everyone’s life especially children’s life as God’s image-bearers (Genesis chapter 1 and 9) because Lord Jesus valued children utmostly. Both West and Non-West need Christianity to protect children.

    • Worf

      1 Corinthians 14:34-35:
      Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience as also saith the law.
      And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.

      Colossians 3:18:
      Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord.

      Exodus 13:2
      Consecrate to me every first-born that opens the womb among Israelites, both man and beast, for it belongs to me.

      Exodus 21:7-8:
      And if a man sell his daughter to be a maidservant, she shall not go out as the menservants do.
      If she please not her master, who hath betrothed her to himself, then shall he let her be redeemed: to sell her unto a strange nation he shall have no power, seeing he hath dealt deceitfully with her.

      Genesis 3:16:
      Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.

      1 Timothy 2:12:
      I do not permit a woman to teach or have authority over a man; she must be quiet.


      I’m sorry. What was it that you were saying about pagans?

  • Worf

    Your censorship of my bible-quoted comment, directed at the related topic Grace Kim Kwon posted, shows an unsurprising bias against anything non-christian, and an unwillingness to confront the bad parts of the bible. That is not how open discussions work.