Boko Haram sends out as suicide bombers in
Nigeria and neighbouring countries are
probably unaware that they will be blown up.
Leila Zerrougui, the UN secretary-general's
special representative on children and armed
conflict, suggested Tuesday that especially the
children used in this way were in many cases
not aware of what they were about to do.
"Many of them don't know that they will be
blown up with remote devices," she told
reporters, pointing out many of the girls are
as young as 11 or 12.
"I personally doubt that the children know,"
Zerrougui added that security forces had
informed the UN that the bombs are often set
"That means that it is not the person herself
who did it," she said.
Zerrougui lamented that the use of children as
human bombs is one of the worst
manifestations of an increasingly blatant
disregard for the safety and security of minors
in conflict situations around the world
."This is the worst form where children are
really put in danger and their bodies are
really used as a weapon,""I can say that
2015 was really a difficult year for children
all over the world where conflicts are
ongoing," she said.The world is currently
dealing with six major conflicts, including
in Syria and Yemen, compared to one or two
normally.And if you count protracted
conflicts, a jaw-dropping 20 are currently
impacting the lives of children around the
world, "We have thousands of children
killed, maimed, schools attacked and
children by the thousands recruited in many
places," Children are not only affected, they
are specifically targeted."