Do children who escape Boko Haram make it home?
A special report reveals the difficulties of reuniting families torn apart by conflict
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — As we continue to hear stories of the Boko Haram extremist group killing and kidnapping adults and children in Nigeria, a Thomson Reuters Foundation article is sharing what happens to the thousands of children who have been separated from their parents.
According to the report, uniting family can be difficult on its own, but there are other roadblocks, too. "In one case, an uncle refused to release his brother's children, because he wanted to marry the eldest daughter off," Shadrach Adawara, a family tracing and reunification officer for the Centre for Community Health and Development, is quoted as saying by Thomson Reuters. "Thankfully, a call between them resolved the issue, and the children returned to their father.”
Sometimes children are reunited, but they decide not to live with family, because they suffered abuse at home or they want to spare their impoverished family the burden. [reuters.com]
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