Statement on the release of 21 abducted children in Katsina state
Abuja, 7 November 2022 - UNICEF welcomes with relief, news of the release of 21 children abducted at a farm in Faskari Local Government Area of Katsina State, north-west Nigeria, on Sunday, 30 November.
We commend the authorities for the action taken to release the kidnapped children who were rescued last Saturday.
The release of all the abducted 21 children – 17 girls and four boys – is pleasant news to us all parents, caregivers, community leaders, everyone.
These children shouldn’t have been kidnapped in the first place because no one, especially children, should be a target for abduction or violence of any kind.
UNICEF will support the Katsina State Ministry of Women’s Affairs and Social Development to provide psycho-social support to the rescued children to help them recover from the trauma and reintegrate into society.
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
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