UN urges gunman to free abducted school children of Nigeria

NIGERIA: The United Nations on Friday summoned for the immediate release of several hundred schoolgirls kidnapped from a secondary school in northwest Nigeria. Many students were abducted when the gunman stormed an all-girls school in Nigeria's northwestern state of Zamfara on early Friday, a local official said.

Scores of school children get abducted by gunmen. The United Nations urges for their freedom (Source:www.adamsmithinternational.com)

Peter Hawkins, a representative of the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) in the country, urged the assailants to let the teenagers go immediately.

"We are angered and saddened by yet another brutal attack on schoolchildren in Nigeria," Hawkins said.

UN declared this as a gross violation of children's rights and a horrific experience for children to go through. Hawkins believes that this tragedy could have long-lasting effects on the students’ mental health and well-being.

The president of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly, Volkan Bozkir, tweeted that he was shocked by the kidnapping of 317 girls from their school in northwest Nigeria. He said that this is the 3rd mass abduction of children since December in the country.

"No child anywhere should be afraid to go to school. I hope the girls are unharmed and will be freed soon," he wrote.

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