Why Borno Parents May Never Send Their Children To School
Parents in Borno State have a new headache that may prevent them from ever sending their children to school.
As you may know, Borno has been the headquarters of the dreaded Islamic militants, Boko Haram. Consistent attacks on schools by the terror group had forced several schools to close.
But after the Nigerian military made some gains and “technically” defeated the terror group, schools had started reopening for academic activities.
But then, something happened - a man wielding machete attacked a primary school in the state on Thursday Killing two children and wounding two others.
It was not clear if the attacker, who has now been arrested, had any link with Boko Haram, but the incident has renewed classroom fears.
The attack, which occurred in the town of Kwaya Kusar, came after a period of relative calm.
The incident marks a setback as parents are now too afraid to send their children to school again, the U.N. children’s agency UNICEF said.
Boko Haram whose name in the Hausa language means “Western Education is Forbidden”, has frequently targeted schools and killed hundreds of students and teachers during its eight-year insurgency in Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon and Chad.
In their most publicised raid, the militants abducted more than 200 schoolgirls from Chibok, another town in Borno state, in April 2014. Around half of the girls have been released or found.
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