UNICEF demands a halt to assaults on children in the Sahel area

UNICEF has announced that ten million children in the Sahel region (Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger) are in desperate need of humanitarian assistance due to the escalation of conflicts, which is double the number in 2020, as well as four million children at risk in neighboring countries as hostilities spread beyond borders. Between armed groups and national security forces, attacks have spread to Benin, Ivory Coast, Ghana and Togo. UNICEF Regional Director for West and Central Africa Marie-Pierre Poirier said children are falling into the clutches of armed men conflicts are escalating as military clashes escalate and the year 2022 has been particularly violent for the children of Central Africa and the Sahel, inviting all parties in conflict to urgently stop the attacks on children, their homes, schools and health centres.

According to United Nations data, during the first nine months of 2022, in Burkina Faso three times more children were killed than in the same period in 2021. They were killed by gunfire and explosive devices during attacks on villages or by explosive remnants of war.