The Psychological Menace of Children Formerly Associated with Non-state Armed Groups (CFANSAG) in Northeast Nigeria


  • Powei Happiness Kerry



Mental disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Psychological disorder,


The agonising experiences of children in northeastern Nigeria, who were once associated with non-state armed groups, may affect their developmental growth. This paper highlights the consequences of children formerly associated with non-state armed groups (CFANSAG), the mechanisms of oppression suffered by children who voluntarily or were coerced to join the group, and how the children find it difficult to associate with the community. The study, using qualitative research methods including key informant interviews and focus group discussions, focuses on children's different psychological reactions while using the Social Learning Theory to explain how children model aggressive acts. The study concluded that states in the Northeast should implement the Child Rights Act, renamed Child Protection Law in the core northern states, to minimise the violence against children in Nigeria.


Author Biography

Powei Happiness Kerry

Ms Kerry is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Strategic Research and Studies (CSRS), National Defence College Abuja-Nigeria. She holds B.Sc. (Hons.) in Political Science at the University of Lagos-Nigeria, Master‘s in Strategic and Security Administration (MASSA) at the Nigerian Defence Academy Post Graduate School Kaduna-Nigeria, M.Sc. International Relations, and Diplomacy Baze University Abuja, she is currently a PhD Student at the Nile University of Nigeria. Her research interests span International Relations, Cyber Security, Big Data Analytics, Security and Strategic Studies, Child Security, and Children in Armed Conflicts amongst others.






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