LAGOS, Aug. 12 (Xinhua) — The Nigerian government on Friday said it had reunited more than 200 children with their parents affected by the Boko Haram insurgency.
The successful re-unification was conducted with the collaboration of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) under Restoring Family Link Program, Sa’ad Bello, a regional head of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said in northern city of Yola.
He said the children, mostly of between the age of five and 12, were from Bama and Baga in Borno.
“We still have about 165 unaccompanied children in four designated camps in Adamawa,” Bello told reporters.
According to him, some families from Bama visited some Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps in Yola where they identified their children.
He said after intensive investigation by appropriate authorities concerned, the children were handed over to their parents.
He said the agency with the support of ICRC, was working hard, through appropriate channels, to identify the parents of the remaining unaccompanied children.
Boko Haram, which seeks to impose strict Islamic law in northern Nigeria, has been blamed for some 20,000 deaths and displacing of more than 2.6 million people since 2009. Enditem