The United Nations says a vast majority of common people have been killed in ongoing violence in Nigeria. According to a June 24 report by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) 350 thousand people were killed. Among the killed, 324 thousand were children who were under the age of five.
The terrorist insurgency has been raging in northeastern Nigeria for the past 12 years. In 2009, an area called Boko Haram was occupied by an armed terrorist group. The persecution of ordinary people began after this was done. The group displaced about 2 million Nigerians. However, the UNDP report presented the most horrific information about the oppression of this group.
In a recent report on the ongoing torture of armed groups in Nigeria, the UNDP said that in the last 12 years, there have been more than 350 thousand casualties. However, the most shocking is that 9 out of 10 people killed are children. The report also says that around 170 people are killed everyday. The United Nations says the death toll is about 10 times higher than expected. If the situation continues for another decade, the death toll could rise to 1.5 million.
Nigeria, meanwhile, has not yet taken effective action to counter armed groups. The country’s economy has been hit hard by nearly a decade of violence. Agricultural production has been disrupted manifold. The world could face another major humanitarian catastrophe if it does not overcome the crisis.