The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), has confirmed that at least 22,000 Nigerians have been reported as missing in Boko Haram-related attacks.
According to a statement released on Thursday, ICRC said the figure is the highest number of missing persons it has registered.
The ICRC said “nearly 60 percent” of those missing were minors at the time they went missing.
“Every parent’s worst nightmare is not knowing where their child is. This is the tragic reality for thousands of Nigerian parents, leaving them with the anguish of a constant search,” Peter Maurer, ICRC president, said.
“People have the right to know the fate of their loved ones, and more needs to be done to prevent families from being separated in the first place.”