Silent Shame

Bringing out the voices of children caught in the Lake Chad crisis

Dada, 15 years old, and her daughter, Hussaina, 2 years old, at home in a host community shelter in Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria on March 1, 2017.
UNICEF/UN058882/Gilbertson VII Photo


The number of children used as human bombs in the Lake Chad conflict has surged in recent years. This report provides troubling accounts by children who were held in captivity at the hands of Boko Haram, and shows how these children are met with deep suspicion when they return to their communities. The report also highlights the challenges that local authorities face with children who have been intercepted at checkpoints and taken into administrative custody for questioning and screening, raising concerns about the prolonged periods of custody. 

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