UNICEF says armed violence across the Central Sahel region is having a devastating impact on children’s survival, education, protection and development. This follows killings of 58 civilians in Niger Republic near the border with Mali and Burkina Faso.
The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF’) said 6 children aged 11 to 17 died in the attacks carried out by unidentified gunmen in the villages of Darey-dey and Sinégogar in western Niger.
Top officials of the United Nations, including Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the President of the General Assembly, Ambassador Volkan Bozkir, reacted to the incident in separate communications yesterday.
Guterres in a statement condemned the attacks and urged the Nigerien authorities to “spare no effort in bringing the perpetrators to justices.