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ICC Note: On April of 2014, Boko Haram radicals abducted almost 300 schoolgirls from the Christian town of Chibok. Unfortunately, the majority of these girls are still missing and continue to be victims of abuse by these perpetrators. Children are the most vulnerable victims and Boko Haram targets them constantly to manipulate authorities by kidnapping them to later torture them, kill them and if lucky, recruit them for their cause.

04/27/2017, Nigeria (The Washington Post) – Construction workers are painting over the Boko Haram graffiti. Plywood frames are rising in the place of homes destroyed by grenades and bombs. Thousands of refugees are returning. On the surface, this city once occupied by Islamist extremists is slowly returning to normal.

Except for one horrifying fact: Hundreds of children are missing.

Most of them were seized by Boko Haram in the fall of 2014. Months earlier, in April, the militants had carried off 276 schoolgirls from the town of Chibok, a kidnapping that became the subject of a global campaign known by the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls. But there has been little attention to the lost children of Damasak. Residents say they total more than 500. All but a handful are still unaccounted for.

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