WILL YOU SPEAK UP FOR CHILDREN IN NIGERIA?
Nigeria is facing a landmine emergency.
Right now, children are being horrifically killed by landmines. They need your help.
The number of women, girls, boys and men being killed and injured by landmines and unexploded bombs in Nigeria is now one of the highest in the world. Despite this, the threat is going unseen.
International crisis planning does not prioritise the response to new landmine use in Nigeria. Until it does children and families will remain in danger every day.
We must take action to change this.
Today, over 1.8 million people in the north-east have fled their homes to escape the violence. And yet, the world only briefly turned its attention to the devastating impact of Boko Haram, when they kidnapped hundreds of girls in 2014.
The horrific legacy of this ongoing conflict is killing and injuring children today.
We must ensure this new landmine emergency is dealt with and children’s lives are protected.
What you can do
ADD YOUR NAME TO OUR LETTER to Kate Osamor MP, the Chair of the UK Parliamentary Group for Nigeria, asking her to make a statement in the House of Commons, urgently calling for this new landmine crisis to be included as a priority in international crisis response planning. We must make sure it is included to protect children from landmines.
Five girls killed by a landmine
Landmines and unexploded bombs lie along roads, in abandoned houses and schools and across fields. Over 400 people have been killed or injured by these deadly devices, many of them as they seek safety. This is the devastating impact of the conflict involving Boko Haram.
Recently, a girl spotted a metal ring on the ground as she walked with her four friends in north-east Nigeria. Perhaps a glint of sunlight on metal caught her eye. Curious, she stopped and reached for it.
The ring was linked to a landmine and inquisitive fingers are all it takes to detonate its explosive blast, killing all five girls in a brutal instant.
This tragic story is not an isolated tale.
This is how important – and urgent – it is that you sign the letter today.
Children in this part of Nigeria are living through trauma. Their young lives are being scarred by danger and fear. And now the number of women, girls, boys and men being killed and injured by landmines is now one of the highest in the world.
We must protect children’s lives. We must prevent these accidents. Response to this new landmine use must be one of the top priorities in international crisis response planning.
We will deliver all of your signatures to Kate Osamor MP and the UK Parliamentary Group on Nigeria at the Houses of Parliament.
Full Letter Text
Dear Kate Osamor,
Landmines are being used in north-east Nigeria right now, this is the devastating impact of the conflict involving Boko Haram. The situation people are facing is dire as the rate of accidents increases, children are among the victims – they need our help now.
I condemn the use of landmines in Nigeria. I call on you to make a statement in the House of Commons, urgently asking for this new landmine crisis to be acknowledged and for mine action to be included as a priority issue in all international humanitarian response planning in Nigeria.
There is evidence of significant new use of landmines deployed by Boko Haram and its splinter groups. These locally-manufactured anti-personnel landmines have been deployed on roads, in fields and also in villages.
Nigeria has one of the highest landmine and unexploded bomb casualty rates in the world. If more isn’t done then the lives of women, girls, boys and men will continue to be at risk every day from this hidden danger.
Please help bring this use to decision makers, the public and the international community. This unseen threat cannot go on.