New Age Islam News Bureau
19 Sept 2015
Whipped in front of a baying crowd, women wait their turn to be punished for having unmarried sex in only Indonesian province to implement Sharia law
• UAE Women Rule Forbes Most Powerful List
• How Emirati Women Engineers Steer Change in Aviation
• The Packer Weekly: Sheyenne Muslim Girls Overcome Stereotypes
• Mystery Surrounds Closure Of Muslim Girls’ School at Burnley
• Husband of Iran Woman Football Star Bans Her from Travelling To Malaysia Tournament
• Divorced Women Deserve Better Treatment in Society
• IDB Announces Theme for 2016 Women Prize
• A Phony Campaign for 'Women-Friendly Mosques'
• Asylum Seeker’s Case Points to Iran’s Abuse of Women and Hostility toward West
• Nigeria: 1.4 Million Children Forced To Flee Conflict
• 500,000 More Children Uprooted By Boko Haram, Says UNICEF
Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau
Whipped In Front Of A Baying Crowd, Women Wait Their Turn to Be Punished For Having Unmarried Sex in Indonesia
18 September 2015
A woman kneels and grimaces as she is lashed with a cane for having unmarried sex in an Indonesian province which is ruled under Sharia law in newly released photographs.
The images show women dressed in white and sitting with their heads bowed as they wait their turn to be punished in Banda Aceh, Indonesia.
In one photo, a woman can be seen kneeling on a red platform as her back is whipped with a cane in front of guards and members of the public.
Aceh is the only province in the world's most populous Muslim-majority country that is allowed to implement Islamic Sharia law.
Although public whipping is a common punishment in the province, it is rare for women to be caned.
Further images show men also being punished after being accused of violating Sharia law.
Three women and 14 men arrested for sexual offences and gambling were caned in front of a mosque following Friday prayer.
Gay sex, gambling and drinking alcohol are already punishable by caning in Aceh which began implementing Sharia law after being granted special autonomy in 2001, an effort by the central government in Jakarta to quell a long-running separatist insurgency. In June, pictures emerged of three couples being publicly caned after the unmarried university students were caught spending time alone together.
On that occasion, a crowd of about a thousand spectators shouted as the three men and three women, aged between 18 and 23, were lashed several times each with a rattan cane in a square in Banda Aceh.
A fourth woman, aged in her 40s, was also publicly caned for committing adultery. One of the women fainted after being caned four times and had to be carried off by officials.
UAE women rule Forbes most powerful list
September 17, 2015
ABU DHABI // A recent ranking of the most powerful women in the Arab world lists the UAE as one of its strongest performers.
In its third annual ranking, Forbes Middle East has unveiled three lists – the 100 most powerful Arab businesswomen; the world’s 10 most powerful Arab women making a difference globally; and the 10 most powerful Arab women in government.
The UAE is tied for second with Lebanon in terms of number of entries, with 17 women on the three lists, after Egypt, which leads the list with 22.
Egyptian Nemat Shafik, deputy governor of the Bank of England, was named the most powerful Arab woman, followed by lawyer Amal Clooney from Lebanon at number two, and Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid.
Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi, UAE Minister of International Cooperation and Development, was named the most powerful Arab woman in government, and was joined by Mariam Al Roumi, Minister of Social Affairs, at number 10.
The UAE’s strongest performance came in the business segment. Raja Easa Al Gurg, managing director of the Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group and a board member of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce, was named the second most powerful Arab woman in business. She was joined on the list by Fatima Al Jaber of Al Jaber Group, in fourth, and Shaikha Al Bahar from the National Bank of Kuwait in fifth.
Other prominent businesswomen based in the UAE include Maitha Al Dossari, chief executive of Emaar Retail, and Kawthar Makahlah, chief executive of BCI Group.
In the list of most powerful businesswomen, 60 per cent of them held executive management positions.
How Emirati women engineers steer change in aviation
September 18, 2015
Abu Dhabi: From discovering small cracks in the aircraft engine during checks to installing bolts in the wings due to their relatively small and flexible hands, these women have the upper hand when it comes to the little details.
Gulf News talked to five Emirati women completing their aviation courses and on-the-job training through Etihad Airways.
As the field of aviation maintenance engineering continues to grow, women working in the field are urging others to join them in this male-dominant career.
These women, ages between 21 and 29, believe that men and women complete each other in the workplace.
Always encouraged by their male colleagues, the trainee engineers believe that a woman’s attention to detail helps her compete in a man’s world.
“Men have more skills in certain areas and women are better in others, but overall, they complement each other,” Khadija Al Noamani, a 23-year-old trainee engineer, said.
There are parts of an aircraft women are not allowed to deal with because they could have long lasting consequences on health and fertility.
“We are not allowed to go inside the fuel tank because of the chemicals used. We aren’t allowed to deal with the rudder either,” Khadija said.
Safety is paramount when working on an aircraft. “You will find the words, ‘safety first’ plastered throughout the hangar,” Fatima Al Hammadi, 23, also a trainee engineer, said.
Fatima Al Hammad, 23, graduated trainee engineer 2
Fatima removing the access panel on the wing of an Airbus A320.
Fatima chose aviation because of a “passion to challenge myself and do something different”.
Fellow graduate engineer Muna Abdul Kabeer, 27 reflected on their journey of applying to the field of science aviation maintenance technology.
“We had to attend the Abu Dhabi Men’s College; this is how lacking the field is in women. There was only one woman who studied this particular major before us, and all three of us made up the second batch” she said.
NAT_150917 Women in Aviation AD_HP Muna Abdulkabeer, 27, graduated trainee engineer
Muna removing the exhaust nozzle of an engine in an A320.
On occupational risks, Muna said: “Two weeks ago I had to wear my harness and be pulled up to the engines. It’s really dangerous, but exciting. You never know what you’ll be doing when you come in to work. I often forget that I’m hungry, or tired,” she said.
Rasha Saeed, 29, currently a second officer (co-pilot), gave up her job as a bank manager, to pursue aviation because she saw herself in her sister who became a pilot.
“While working at the bank I would always take two days off every couple of months or so because I needed to travel and fly,” Rasha said.
She thought it was too late for her to become a pilot, but stumbling upon an advertisement for Etihad’s training programme, a co-worker applied on her behalf to take the entrance exam.
“I was surprised to learn that I would be taking the test, but I decided to try and see what happens,” Rasha recalled.
Training to be a cadet, Rasha found it difficult at first as the material was unfamiliar. “My first week was a disaster. I felt lost, but I told myself that I am in it now and I have to study hard … I set a goal in my mind to be one of the best,” she stated.
One of the most exciting parts of training is the observational flights second officers have to sit through, she recalled.
Rasha Saeed, 29, Second Officer
Rasha in the cockpit of an Airbus 320.
An unforgettable route for Rasha was a flight that departed from the capital at 3pm and only returned in the early hours.
“It was my first double sector from Abu Dhabi to Doha, coming back to Abu Dhabi, then flying to Kuwait, and finally landing in Abu Dhabi at the end of the day.”
Even though Rasha felt the pressure, there was always a sense of accomplishment at the end of each flight.
As a cadet pilot, 21-year-old Reem Al Shamsi’s days are filled with studying, classes and practice as she charts her path to the cockpit.
The youngest of the group, Reem reassured Emirati women that even if their families are not understanding in the beginning, it should not keep them from living their dreams.
“When you show them that you’re good at something, they will eventually support you,” she said.
If one is looking for support there is always someone within the programme, Reem revealed.
“The cadet office is the ultimate source of encouragement because they reward you when you do well and push you to do better if you fail … They understand you more than your family because they’ve already been through it.”
The three main tasks of an aircraft maintenance engineer is to check, inspect and test the aircraft from the nose to the tail. This includes the engines, landing gears and flight control.
At Etihad, there are 44 Emirati women pilots and cadets and 38 qualified engineers and trainees.
The number of projected aircraft maintenance engineering jobs is expected to reach 480,000 positions globally by 2026 as a result of an additional 25,000 aircraft being brought into operation, according to the International Civil Aviation Organisation.
The Packer Weekly: Sheyenne Muslim girls overcome stereotypes
Sep 16, 2015
When junior Amino Osman left Kenya for the United States the first time, she thought snow was frozen milk. Not knowing how to speak English coupled with the drastic culture shock, Osman faced the obstacle of finding her identity.
After a three-day journey, Osman and her family arrived in Chicago in 2006. She did not forget to bring her religious customs with her.
“Every Sunday, I go to a Muslim church and spend majority of the time praying,” Osman said. “I pray five times a day.”
Salat is the Islamic prayer that consists of five daily prayers. The names are according to the prayer time: Fajr at dawn, Dhuhr at noon, Ar at afternoon, Maghrib at evening and Ish at night. In order to complete the Dhuhr prayer, Osman and several others pray behind a stairwell during lunch.
“It’s small and a little cramped, but it’s ours,” Osman said. “We pull out prayer mats from the ELL classroom and do our thing.”
For senior Hodan Mohomed, the Dhuhr prayer is practiced in her car. Daylight saving time is the only change in her routine.
“I push my seat all the way back,” Mohomed said. “It’s just a total of 15 minutes to remember my savior.”
Under the First Amendment, students have the right to voluntarily practice their religious beliefs. This includes allowing Muslim students the right to wear head scarves, also known as hijabs.
Senior Maryan Hussein does not think anyone should deny a girl the right to wear a hijab.
“It’s my religion,” Hussein said. “It’s what I feel comfortable with and what I was taught. Some people think the reason [Muslim girls] wear hijabs is so they can be forced into marriage.”
That is not the only stereotype Muslim girls face.
“I’m thought to be a terrorist or a troublemaker, but the only time I have been to the office is for an award,” Mohomed said. “People think I am incapable of speaking English when in fact I am in AP junior English. It aggravates me because it’s an assumption that people make based on my appearance.”
In reality, Muslim girls like Osman believe that the hijab represents more than stereotypes and symbolizes something unique to each individual.
“The main reason of the hijab to me is respect to myself and the communication from me to Allah, the Arabic god. It means your whole life belongs to him,” Osman said.
Osman, Mohomed and Hussein agree the best way to overcome stereotypes is to educate people.
“I answer their questions and try my best to help them see my point of view,” Hussein said. “If they want to listen to me, great. If they don’t, it’s their loss.”
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Mystery Surrounds Closure Of Muslim Girls’ School at Burnley
17 September 2015
Burnley’s international Muslim girls’ school has closed.
The Mohiuddin International Girls’ College, which opened in the historic former Burnley College building in 2010, had suffered from low numbers of pupils in recent years.
It was reported in August last year that the school had been put up for sale for £2.5m., but was remaining open.
The new Principal at the time, Miss Shenaz Saddique, remained confident the school would continue, but said she wanted to see more local families send their children.
She said a new management and marketing team had been put in place, and the college wanted to become a more central part of the Burnley community. But, a year later, it appears the school, which attracted students from as far away as Pakistan, India, Kenya and Canada, is no longer a viable option.
Miss Saddique said last year the college, run by the charitable Mohiuddin Trust, based in Birmingham, would relocate its boarders to a school in the Midlands should it fail to attract more students.
The Trust was set up by Pakistan-based scholar Sheikh Peer Alla Udin Siddique to create more educational opportunities for young women.
The college catered for girls aged 16-plus to undertake a four-year programme of study which prepares them as “Islamic scholars”. They took the Alima programme, an Islamic teaching programme for young women, alongside GCSEs and A-Levels.
Husband of Iran woman football star bans her from travelling to Malaysia tournament
September 16, 2015
Iranian woman footballer Niloufar Ardalan has been banned from playing in an international tournament by her husband, according to reports.
The 30-year-old, nicknamed Lady Goal, is unable to attend the Women's Futsal Championship because her spouse reportedly refused to release her passport.
He seemingly wants her to be at home for their son’s first day at school.
“My husband didn't give me my passport so that I can (take part) in the games, and because of his opposition to my travel abroad, I [will] miss the matches.” Ardalan told Nasimonline.
“I wish authorities would create (a solution) that would allow female athletes to defend their rights in such situations.
“As a Muslim woman, I wanted to work for my country's flag to be raised (at the games), rather than traveling for leisure and fun.”
The six-day Asian Football Federation tournament begins on Thursday in Nilali, Malaysia.
Divorced women deserve better treatment in society
18 September 2015
OFFICIAL statistics show an increase in the number of women who get divorced at a young age. Although the majority of them are educated and hold college degrees, society still looks down upon divorced women and holds them responsible for failing to make their marriage work, Al-Riyadh daily reports.
In today’s society, divorced women should, as many people believe, not be given a second chance and only marry a divorced man or someone with poor financial prospects.
Sarah, 22, got divorced after a marriage that lasted for a year. She could not put up with her husband’s behavior and asked him to divorce her.
Beautiful, polite and well-educated, Sarah dreams of getting married to a man who will treat her kindly and love her but many people don’t think she deserves a second chance at love.
“It’s hard not to notice how other women look at me whenever I go to a wedding or any social event. Several men have proposed to me only to back out when they learned that I am a divorced woman,” she said.
Ebtihal Al-Moayed, a college student, said society views divorced women negatively regardless of their age.“If a woman gets married for the first time and then gets divorced following a failed marriage, she does not deserve a second chance.
In other words, she should not set difficult conditions for future proposers and should accept whatever proposal that comes her way.
A divorced woman is always under pressure from her family and society. Sometimes, she is forced to accept a proposal that she would not have considered if she was still a virgin,” Al-Moayed said.
Al-Moayed called on families who have divorced daughters to treat them kindly and never look down on them. They should encourage them to start life anew and never allow anyone to belittle them because of their past.
“A divorced woman should not settle for less just because of her social status; she should be treated as a human being who has the right to set conditions for future proposers.
Her family should support her and walk her through this stage until she finds the right man,” she added Waleed Abdullah, an employee, said he fell in love with his cousin but she married another man and was divorced a year later.
To him, his cousin has all the qualities he wishes to see in his dream wife but when he asked his parents to help him marry her, they became furious and asked him to forget about her because she was a divorced woman.
“For two years, I tried to talk them into it but to no avail. If a man divorces his wife, his parents will try to find the best young woman out there who has not been married before.
Why do divorced women not get the same chance and why are they treated differently, when in fact they are the victims?” Abdullah wondered.
Dr. Salih Al-Aqeel, sociology and criminology professor, said most members of society do not follow the Shariah when it comes to divorce.
“Society is still influenced by old-fashioned traditions and customs that tend to view divorced women negatively. Islam does not prohibit a man from marrying a divorced woman and does not set any conditions for such matrimony but we do,” he said.
“The new generation should reconsider many of the social traditions that have passed down from our forefathers. The first wife of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was twice a widow and was 15 years older than him,” he stressed.
“Our society is male-dominated and our young women should realize their rights and stand up for them and never let anyone make them feel down or less important just because they are divorcées.”
IDB announces theme for 2016 Women Prize
September 19, 2015
JEDDAH — The Islamic Development Bank (IDB) has announced a new theme for the IDB Prize for Women’s Contribution to Development for the year 1437H (2016). The theme for the Prize is “Promoting the Rights of the Girl Child”. The Prize competition is now open for applications from both individuals and non-governmental organizations.
The Prize for Women’s Contribution to Development was established in 1427H/2006 to reward and encourage accomplishments of outstanding merit by women either aimed at or that resulted in integrating women in the development process. It recognizes women's contribution to socioeconomic development of IDB member countries and the Muslim communities in non-member countries.
The Prize is run with a new theme each year and consists of a cash award of $50,000 for an individual winner and $100,000 for a non-governmental organization.
The deadline for receiving completed and documented applications at the IDB headquarters is Nov. 30, 2015. Applications can also be forwarded before the deadline through IDB Regional or Gateway Offices. The guidelines, brochures and application forms are accessible on a dedicated webpage on the IDB website (www.isdb.org).
The prizes will be awarded to the winners during the 41st annual meeting of the IDB board of governors in Jakarta, Indonesia, on May 15-19. — SG
A Phony Campaign For 'Women-Friendly Mosques'
Assimilation: Most U.S. mosques don't let women use the front door, while some don't let women in at all. A major Islamic group vows to change that in a campaign to make mosques "women friendly." Don't believe it.
As usual, U.S. Muslim leaders are merely paying lip service to reform.
Responding to growing criticism from feminists within the Muslim community itself, the nation's largest and most powerful Muslim organization — the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) — has launched a national drive to "reform" the way Islamic centers treat Muslim women.
During a special session at the group's 52nd annual convention in Chicago, ISNA called for "inclusive, women-friendly mosques across America." The reforms are found in a document titled "ISNA Statement on the Inclusion of Women in Masjids (Mosques)."
Its campaign has received rave reviews from the mainstream media. The New York Times called it "quite significant," while the Huffington Post gushed, "Change is on the way."
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But the devil is in the details.
While ISNA calls on men to allow their wives and daughters to attend mosque, the group still mandates that they pray separately from men and cover themselves.
"Women are allowed to attend the masjid as long as they fulfill the (scriptural) instructions of dressing properly and avoiding perfume," the three-page ISNA document states. "The underlying concern is the avoidance of fitnah (temptation)."
It adds that a "barrier" physically separating women from men "is necessary to guard against fitnah."
In mosques across America — including the nation's capital — women are relegated to crowded, un-air-conditioned basements or told to watch the service on TV from an overflow room. ISNA's statement does nothing to stop this practice. All it does is ensure that "women's accommodations are comfortable, clean and well-lit."
Basically, women are still treated like second-class citizens in U.S. mosques.
ISNA has the power to directly change the treatment of women at mosques, controlling as it does the lion's share of U.S. mosques through its bank, the North American Islamic Trust, which holds title to them.
So why won't it make real reforms?
For one, as the Justice Department has documented, ISNA is controlled by the radical Muslim Brotherhood.
And even though it portrays its new secretary general, Hazem Bata, as a "moderate," Bata allegedly drafted a petition to have Muslim reformer and feminist Asra Nomani banned from his Morgantown, W. Va., mosque for refusing to wear a hijab and pray outside the main worship hall.
Asylum Seeker’s Case Points to Iran’s Abuse of Women and Hostility toward West
19 September 2015
INU : On Thursday, The Guardian reported that members of the Australian public had begun rallying support for an Iranian asylum seeker who is facing deportation after her claim was denied by the Australian government. The Australian immigration minister, Peter Dutton has reportedly begun reviewing the case personally.
Mojgan Shamsalipoor fled Iran for Australia as a teenager in 2012 in order to escape sexual abuse and forced marriage to a man in his 60s. Now 21 years old, she has since married a permanent resident of Australia, and she was in the process of completing her high school education in Brisbane when she was forcibly taken to a detention center to await probable deportation.
Shamsalipoor’s advocates now argue that she must be allowed to file a new visa application while still on Australian soil, out of fear that her life would be in danger if forced to return to Iran. Her story thus serves to highlight the human rights situation in Iran as it relates both to restrictions on the rights of women and to the treatment of persons who are considered political dissenters or affiliates of the West.
In the US, this latter point has been on fairly prominent display over the preceding years and months, as Iran arrested and held captive three American citizens in addition to the former FBI agent who went missing in the country in 2007.
Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian and former US Marine Amir Hekmati were both tried in the Iranian courts on charges that related to their vaguely defined “collaboration” with the US, which Iran identifies as a “hostile power.” Thus, their imprisonment is widely regarded as a symbol of hostility toward the West and toward Western nationals. Persons close to the detainees have flatly rejected all notions that they might have been spies.
Meanwhile, Pastor Saeed Abedini is serving an eight year sentence for “compromising national security.” The judiciary’s targeting of the Iranian expatriate and convert was possibly based on his adopted American citizenship, but was certainly based on his Christian faith, which is illegal for all persons born into Muslim families in the Islamic Republic.
The Shiite fundamentalism that generates such laws also encourages the repression of women, from which people like Shamsalipoor are forced to flee. This fact was on display on Thursday when IranWire reported upon some of the latest comments by hardline cleric Sayed Yousef Tabatabaei-Nejad who used a sermon in Isfahan in late August to encourage women to avoid work and stick to the household roles of wife and mother.
These remarks reflect much broader recent trends in Tehran’s policies, which have included the elimination of access to virtually all birth control as part of an effort to push women to have large families starting at an early age. Various localities have also more strictly enforced separation of the two genders in the workplace and in public spaces including concerts and parks. This has been accompanied by increasing conflict over issues like women being barred from attending men’s sports competitions, and the enforcement of laws requiring all women to wear head coverings.
Ayatollah Nejad had previously gained attention for his extremely conservative views on women’s rights when he said that the hijab was a “symbol of women’s piety” and positively required by Islam. These remarks are of course commonplace among Iranian clerics but were made noteworthy by the fact that they came at a time when women were being attacked with acid for being insufficiently covered in public.
In the context of his latest remarks about gender roles, Nejad speculated that his views would be contradicted by women who were preparing to run in upcoming parliamentary elections. But in fact, women who are actually allowed by the authorities to run for office must invariably hold to official ideologies including the restrictions on the rights of women.
An IranWire interview earlier in the week provided evidence for this when it reported that a member of the Iranian parliament’s Women’s Caucus react with surprise to a question about changing the law so that women no longer require their husbands’ permission in order to travel abroad. Lehla Eftekhari took a similar line as Ayatollah Nejad, describing the Iranian regime’s law as a holy law that cannot be violated or changed.
Eftekhari was interviewed in context of the story of Nilufar Ardalan, who was removed from the Iranian national indoor soccer team’s roster after her husband refused to allow her to renew her passport. The incident highlighted just another of the ways in which the Iranian system allows men, especially men of authority to keep women out of public life. But this is not to say that it actively does so in every case. Lelah Eftekhari is an example of this. Marziyeh Afkham is another.
But Afkham’s career supports the same conclusion as Eftekhari’s: that a serious public profile is reserved for women who are faithful to the regime’s official line on women’s rights as well as other matters. IranWire reported on Thursday that Afkham would be taking on the position of ambassador to Malaysia – the first ambassadorial post for a woman in the history of the Islamic Republic. In order to get to this point she served in the foreign ministry for 30 years, most recently as its official spokesperson, where she effectively acted as a direct mouthpiece for the regime.
While such faithful servants may be rewarded with higher posts, the situation is dangerous for people who openly dissent from the official line. And the situation is made worse still if the person is a woman. In that case, her views buck the political establishment while her mere willingness to express them bucks the ideological establishment with respect to women’s rights. There is no shortage of examples of this, many of whom are highly accomplished lawyers and human rights activists.
But one in particular returned to the headlines on Thursday when the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran reported that the Iranian judiciary was continuing to enforce an October 7 court date for Narges Mohammadi despite testimony from multiple doctors indicating that she need to be hospitalized.
Mohammadi has been a frequent target for arrest and general repression over the years, for such things as here membership in an organization with the aim of ending the death penalty and her meeting in 2014 with European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton to discuss Iran’s human rights situation.
The latest incident highlights not only the often arbitrary application of new charges and sentences, but also the familiar Iranian tactic of using denial of medical treatment as a form of pressure on or punishment against political prisoners. The International Campaign finds that this practice has killed at least seven prisoners since 2010.
In early August, Mohammadi showed signs of neurological paralysis. Several neurologists have declared that she must be admitted to a hospital and seen by specialists, but as of now, the ailing rights activist is still bound to appear in court on October 7 to again face charges of collusion and acting against state security.
Nigeria: 1.4 million children forced to flee conflict
September 19, 2015
UNICEF Regional Director for West and Central Africa said that “each of these children running for their lives is a childhood cut short.”
“It’s truly alarming to see that children and women continue to be killed, abducted and used to carry bombs,” Fontaine added.
Boko Haram, which first emerged in the early 2000s, became fanatically violent in 2009.
The militant group had largely confined its attacks to northeastern Nigeria. Recent months, however, have seen the group stage several deadly operations in neighboring states that have left scores dead.
This has forced residents, including women and children, to flee their homes in search of a safer place. Most of them go to UN camps.
500,000 More Children Uprooted By Boko Haram, Says UNICEF
September 19, 2015
LAGOS: Some 500,000 children have been forced to flee Boko Haram militants in the last five months after an upsurge in attacks in Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger, the UN children’s agency said on Friday.
The additional numbers of children made homeless has taken the total number of youngsters in the Lake Chad region who have been forced to flee to 1.4 million, Unicef said in a statement.
Nigeria was worst affected, with nearly 1.2 million children — more than half of them under five — uprooted by the Islamist insurgency, which is concentrated in the country’s remote northeast.
Some 265,000 other children have been affected in neighbouring Cameroon, Chad and Niger, which Boko Haram has increasingly targeted after they joined Nigeria’s military in a regional counter-offensive.
“Each of these children running for their lives is a childhood cut short”, said Unicef’s regional director for West and Central Africa, Manuel Fontaine.