Effect of Terrorism on the Nigerian Child

What is Terrorism?
Terrorism is a derivative of the word Terror, which means extreme fear.
According to the english dictionary, terrorism is the use of terror as a means of coercion. It means the Reign of Terror.
Who is a terrorist?
A terrorist is a person who uses terror as a weapon in polical struggle, i.e a person who uses violence and intimidation to try to achieve political aims. English Dictionary
Effects on the Nigerian Child
Beyond the widespread displacement, many children are killed or orphaned by these terrorist acts. Most children in the affected areas find themselves severely traumatized, while many are wounded or forced to live on the streets. Some of the attacks have been on schools in areas such as Gujba, Buni Yadi, and Potiskum. This has led to many schoolchildren being killed and most schools being destroyed or shut down. - See more at: http://www.globalfundforchildren.org/effects-of-boko-haram-on-nigerias-children/#sthash.0x0yAPed.dpuf


Beyond the widespread displacement, many children are killed or orphaned by these terrorist acts. Most children in the affected areas find themselves severely traumatized, while many are wounded or forced to live on the streets. Some of the attacks have been on schools in areas such as Gujba, Buni Yadi, and Potiskum. This has led to many schoolchildren being killed and most schools being destroyed or shut down. - See more at: http://www.globalfundforchildren.org/effects-of-boko-haram-on-nigerias-children/#sthash.0x0yAPed.dpuf
Beyond the widespread displacement, many children are killed or orphaned by these terrorist acts. Most children in the affected areas find themselves severely traumatized, while many are wounded or forced to live on the streets. Some of the attacks have been on schools in areas such as Gujba, Buni Yadi, and Potiskum. This has led to many schoolchildren being killed and most schools being destroyed or shut down. - See more at: http://www.globalfundforchildren.org/effects-of-boko-haram-on-nigerias-children/#sthash.0x0yAPed.dpuf
Aside the widespread of displacement, many children are killed, orphaned by the terrorist acts. Children in this areas live in perpetual fear, pain and agony, they are traumatized, some wounded and forced to live on the streets. Most schools in these areas have been burnt down, thereby causing these children to be forced out of school leading to high level of illiteracy,. Some of them are abducted and used as suicide bombers, child solders
Below are some highlights of the Effects of terrorism on the Nigerian child.
  • Fear: This is an unpleasant emotion caused by the threat of danger, pain or harm. when a child is exposed to terrorism, he or she developes this unpleasant emotions, that makes him or her to be afraid.
  • Pain: Pain is a strong physical discomfort. When a child is exposed to terrorism, it cause that child physical discomfort, mental suffering.
  • Agony: This is a state of extreme suffering
  • Hunger and Starvation: Children affected by terrorisim, go hungry, some have lost parents and adults to cater for them, they go around begging food, and in most cases they are not sure of how the next meal can be gotten, some visit the insinirators to pick up food reminants, that leads to poor health conditions. Children in this situation cant be talking about balanced diet.
  • Low self esteem: Children who are victim of terrorism, loose their self esteem.
  • Teenage Pregnancy: As a result of displaced and abduction by torrorist groups, some children become victims of rape and child molestation, this leads to teenage pregnancy, and contractions of some sexually transmitted infections.
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections: Children are exposed to so many sexually transmitted infections, e.g HIV, syphilis, gonorrea,chancroid,genital warts and the likes.  
 
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  1. A call to service for every compassionate Nigerian

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