Boko Haram prevents children from going to school in N. Nigeria

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An Islamist militant group operating in northern Nigeria has been creating an "atmosphere of fear" in region, according to the UN children's agency UNICEF.

Boko Haram, whose name means "Western education is forbidden", is preventing children in Northern Nigeria from going to school.

Over three months ago the group kidnapped more than 200 girls from Northern state of Borno. The whereabouts of the girls are unknown and it is unclear when they will be released.

As a result of the kidnapping, parents in Northern Nigeria are afraid of sending their children to school and teachers are frightened of teaching.

Nigeria has 10.5 million children out of school, which is the highest number in the world.

Laurent Duvillier, Regional Communication Specialist for UNICEF's West and Central Africa office told Anzhelika Devis what the agency was doing to help children learn in these dangerous conditions.

He started by telling her how the agency was helping the families of the missing girls.

Duration: 3’41″

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