Over 23,000 person, mostly children were reported missing in eight years in Nigeria amidst armed conflicts in the North-east of the country, according to a new report from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
The report, according to premiumtimesng.com, was published last Wednesday ahead of the annual International Day for the Disappeared on August 30, It was also revealed that the coronavirus pandemic is hindering the search and reunification of missing persons as large gatherings of persons are discouraged.
Over 44,000 people are registered as missing across Africa due to conflicts, climate change, and immigration of whom 45 per cent of those are children, according to the report
Nigeria, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Cameroon, Libya, Somalia and the Democratic Republic of Congo account for 82 per cent of the disappeared persons registered by the Red Cross in the continent.
Nigeria has the highest number of the missing people registered, at about 23,000, and the report said more 20,000 missing persons are in the Northeast where Boko Haram has continued to unleash terror for almost 15 years
Aliyu Dawobe, the spokesperson of the ICRC in Nigeria told BBC Hausa Service on Thursday that the Red Cross received complaints of the missing persons in Nigeria due to conflict in the Northeast from 2012 to 2020.
He said the among the missing persons, children constitute 60 per cent of reported disappearance in Nigeria.
“Those missing persons are not under the Red Cross safe custody. They were, however, under the Red Cross search following complaints by relatives of the missing persons because Red Cross does search for the missing persons,” he said.