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Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on escalating violence against children in northern Nigeria

NEW YORK, 11 January 2015 - “These images from Northern Nigeria should be searing the conscience of the world.

“Some two thousand innocent children, women and elderly reportedly massacred in Baga.

“A young girl sent to her death with a bomb strapped to her chest in Maiduguri.

“And lest we forget, more than two hundred girls stolen from their families, still lost.

“Words alone can neither express our outrage nor ease the agony of all those suffering from the constant violence in northern Nigeria.

“But these images of recent days and all they imply for the future of Nigeria should galvanize effective action.  For this cannot go on.”


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