The orphans were drawn from camps in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states.

The gesture was to assist in educating the unaccompanied children living in various Internally displaced persons (IDPs) camps in the three states, Sheikh Arif Zabaden, head of the Abdul-Lateef Zabaden Orphanage in Maiduguri, capital of Borno State, said while presenting the scholarship through Adamawa government at a ceremony on Thursday in Yola.

Zabaden said the beneficiaries were selected after intensive screening, noting that the orphans are of between the ages of seven and nine years, and that they would enjoy the scholarship from primary school to secondary school.

He said after their graduation, the orphanage would enroll them into a skills acquisition training program to enable them to become self-reliant.

There are about 49,000 unaccompanied children in various camps in the Northeast Nigeria as a result of the Boko Haram crisis, according to crisis management reports.

The Boko Haram insurgency, which began in 2009, has left nearly 20,000 people dead and millions displaced. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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