UNICEF says an estimated three million Nigerian children are unable to go to school due to Boko Haram's insurgency in the northeast of the country. Saskia O'Donoghue reports
Children across the world are starting school this month, but an estimated three million in Nigeria are unable to. UNICEF say over half of schools in the northeast Nigerian state of Borno are closed due to the ongoing threat of Boko Haram. 1,400 schools have been destroyed in the state during the Islamist group's eight-year insurgency. The Islamist group, whose name means "Western Education is Forbidden", is also believed to have killed more than 2,200 teachers since 2009. 57 percent of schools are now unable to open because of damage or are in unsafe areas. UNICEF say getting children back into education is crucial. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNICEF DEPUTY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, JUSTIN FORSYTH, SAYING: "We've got to help the children get back to learning, get back to school and that's as important as the life-saving work we're doing on health and malnutrition." Three years ago, Boko Haram's abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls in the northeastern town of Chibok a sparked global outrage. The insurgency has killed more than 15,000 people and forced some two million to flee their homes. 450,000 children under the age of five are expected to suffer from severe malnutrition this year alone.