At least 135 children were forced to carry out bomb attacks by extremist group Boko Haram in the Lake Chad basin in 2017, a United Nations report shows.
The report says the terror group forced the minors to carry and detonate explosives in north-eastern Nigeria and northern Cameroon, killing dozens and injuring hundreds others.
The Lake Chad basin is home to more than 100,000 people struggling to survive the effects of the conflict waged by Boko Haram.
The group has operated in the West African region for nearly a decade, killing thousands and displacing millions others.
Cameroon’s far north region suffered around 60 terror attacks in 2017, 16 of which were in Kolofata town.
The U.N. says that around 2.6 million people are currently grappling with “crisis” or “emergency” levels of food insecurity – half as many as between June and August 2017.
The Lake Chad countries created a Multinational Joint Task Force to fight the Boko Haram insurgency, but which is yet to crush the terror group.
The U.N. called for an end to the use of child suicide bombers, urging the joint task force o collaborate with the international community to crush the extremist group.