BREAKING: Over 22,000 Nigerians Declared Missing Under Buhari, Others, Mostly Children

By Post-Nigeria: September 13, 2019 12:42

BREAKING: Over 22,000 Nigerians Declared Missing Under Buhari, Others, Mostly Children

Nigeria has the highest number of registered missing people, because of conflict in the world, the International Committee of the Red Cross, ICRC, has disclosed on Friday.

There are nearly 22,000 people registered as missing in Nigeria.
The Organisation said that the true number is likely to be much higher.
Most of them are children separated from their families during the decade-long insurgency of the Islamist group, boko haram.
Families often get separated in attacks by the Militants, or are held by authorities in detention.

Many parts of North-Eastern Nigeria remain inaccessible, because of the ongoing insecurity.
Other factors like the geographical spread of the affected area, as well as limited mobile phone capability, make the reunification process particularly tricky.

Only 367 missing people have been found in Nigeria, to date, since the start of the conflict 10 years ago.
For Peter Maurer, the ICRC President, access is crucial to reuniting families.
“In Nigeria, there is broad territory and groups, which are out of reach of the ICRC, and so population under control of these groups are not reachable by the ICRC, and that is the reason why it is more difficult to get the data together, to reunify families as in other places”, he said.