Boko Haram: Addressing the Growing Trend of Child Recruitment and Use
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Boko Haram brutal insurgency has claimed at least 12,000 lives and displaced millions of people. The most affected by Boko Haram´s violence continue to be children. Since 2009, the ISIL-aligned jihadist group has been responsible for the recruitment and use of 8,000 boys and girls in cross-border operations between Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger. This terrorism and crime trend has become in recent months increasingly systematic and the risk of exploitation, trafficking, sexual and gender-based violence and other forms of violence continues to pose a serious threat to children and to regional peace, stability, and development. The plight of children exploited by Boko Haram is complex, multifaceted and brings into consideration a broad spectrum of human rights challenges. Ultimately, surviving Boko Haram has become a child´s quest in Nigeria and the Lake Chad Basin. The CRTG Working Group Live Briefing on “Boko Haram: Addressing the Growing Trend of Child Recruitment and Use“ will examine the trajectories and rationale of Boko Haram´s recruitment and use of children and discuss challenges and limitation of existing approaches to counter it.