Chibok mediator wins United Nations prize for educating victims of Nigeria's Boko Haram

Chibok mediator wins United Nations prize for educating victims of Nigeria's Boko Haram

AFP reported that the blasts occurred in the Konduga area, about 40 kilometres from the Borno state capital, Maiduguri, both of which have been repeatedly targeted by the jihadist group.

Some 44 people have been killed since the first case was identified on August 16.

The Islamist militants have killed hundreds of teachers and forced more than 1,000 schools to shut, leaving tens of thousands of children without an education, aid agencies say.

Communication networks in the area have also been cut off by Boko Haram.

Meanwhile, a resident of the village who would not want his name mentioned had told journalists that more than 15 other persons were slaughtered aside the Chief Imam by the insurgent group, who allegedly stormed the village armed with AK47 rifles, knives and machetes. "With this award, we honour his vision and service".

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Despite being driven back from much of the territory it held, Boko Haram has ramped up attacks this year, targeting civilians and camps for the displaced with suicide bombings.

Speaking with NAN in Abuja, Jose-Antonio Canhandula, UNHCR Representative to Nigeria, said that Mr. Mustapha was recognised for his efforts in championing the rights of children.

In a separate statement, issued by the Norwegian Refugee Council, its Secretary-General, Jan Egeland, said that the recognition of Mustapha's fearless works highlighted the importance of education for the future of Nigeria. Four times as many children are on a waiting list, according to UNHCR.

"They succeeded at three places".

"In addition to his education work, Mustapha has demonstrated a commitment to helping all parts of the society affected by the conflict which includes setting up cooperatives for widows and supporting almost 600 women in Maiduguri". When the 21 young women held captive for more than two years were released, he was instrumental in securing their freedom as well as the release of 82 additional Chibok girls in May this year.

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