Over 25,000 Persons Missing In Nigeria – Red Cross

Written by on August 30, 2022

The International Committee of the Red Cross said more than 25,000 persons are missing in Nigeria as a result of the ongoing insurgency in the North-East region of the country.

The head of the delegation of the ICRC, Yann Bonzon said this is in addition to the over 2,000 cases of missing persons the organisation registered after January 2021.

He spoke at an event in Abuja to mark the 2022 International Day of the Disappeared.

While noting that children are more vulnerable, Bonzon said more than half of the missing persons registered in North-East were minors at the time of their disappearance.

Disaggregating the figures further, Mr Bonzon says more than 14,000 of the victims of disappearance are children representing over fifty per cent of the total number.

He said women are the second highest number of victims of disappearance.

He also asserted that the figure presented is only a fraction of the situation as many cases of missing persons in Nigeria are undocumented.

He identified the lack of data and political will as major challenges to proper documentation of disappeared persons in Nigeria.

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