The 21 children who were rescued in Katsina State will receive psychosocial support from the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF).
This was said in a statement released on Tuesday in Katsina by UNICEF Communication Specialist Samuel Kalu.
According to Kalu, counselling will assist the kids in processing their trauma and reintegrating back into society.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, the majority of the children, who were between the ages of 16 and 21, were abducted on October 30 at a farm in Mairuwa, a local government area of the state’s Faskari local government.
The victims, comprised of 17 girls and 4 boys, were freed from captivity by the state’s police after 6 days.
“UNICEF welcomes with relief, news of the release of 21 children abducted at a farm in Faskari Local Government Area of Katsina State, Northwest Nigeria.
“We commend the authorities for the action taken to release the kidnapped children who were rescued last Saturday.
“The release of all the abducted 21 children is pleasant news to us all parents, caregivers, community leaders, and everyone.
“These children shouldn’t have been kidnapped in the first place because no one, especially children, should be a target for abduction or violence of any kind.
“UNICEF will support the Katsina State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development to provide psychosocial support to the rescued children.
“To help them recover from the trauma and reintegrate into society,” he said.