Children in western Niger are the target of Islamist militants as attacks have worsened significantly in the region since the beginning of the year, according to human rights group, Amnesty International.
According to the report, the group lures young men and boys aged between 15 and 17 or younger by using “incentives such as food, money, and clothes.”
More than 500 civilians died between 1 January and 29 July this year from conflicts in the region, exceeding the 397 people killed in 2020, the report says.
“Over 60 children have been killed by armed groups in the tri-border area,” it adds.
The report blames Niger’s security forces for failing to protect civilians, and also accuses them of committing abuses.