15-year-old Juliana (not real name) mother of a baby boy says if she had had the support of her family, ‘’I wouldn’t have ended up where I am now.” she said. She did not get much of a childhood.
As many as 100,000 children die every year in Nigeria, the largest oil and gas producer in Africa due to Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM), or extremely low weight-for-height, which also affect one million other children under age five.
In countries across Africa, internal displacement remains a significant problem with more than 17.8 million people being displaced by conflict and violence. Women and children constitute the vast majority of those affected.
Some strategic agencies of the United Nations are getting increasingly worried about the tide of migration from Africa. The situation seems to getting worse with children as young as 10, said to be among Ethiopians leaving for better prospects outside their country, many with their parents’ consent.
Human Rights Watch says in its efforts to defeat Boko Haram, Nigerian authorities have been allegedly arresting and detaining citizens suspected of involvement with the armed group, Boko Haram. The detainees, according to the global rights group, include thousands of children. But, when the Children’s Rights Advocacy Director of the rights group, Jo Becker, spoke with some of the detained kids, Human Rights Watch said it became clear that many were actually victims of Boko Haram. Becker speaks with Amy Braunschweiger about how the children ended up in military prison for months or even years, and how the prison conditions they endured are the worst she has seen in 20 years at the Human Rights Watch. Enjoy the interview: