22,000 Nigerians missing since Boko Haram crisis began: Red Cross

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Yerima Abwaku, left, a civil servant, disappeared on October 30, 2015 and his family has little hope of his return [Al Jazeera]

Abuja, Nigeria – At least 22,000 people are missing in Nigeria due to the decade-long conflict with the Boko Haram group, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has said.

In a statement, ICRC President Peter Maurer said nearly 60 percent of those missing were children and that it was the highest number of missing persons registered with the organisation in any country.

“They were minors when they went missing, meaning thousands of parents don’t know where their children are and if they are alive or dead,” he said on Thursday at the end of his five-day trip to Nigeria.

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