At least 22,000 Nigerians have been reported as missing in Boko Haram-related attacks, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
In a statement 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.
The ICRC President, Peter Maurersaid said,“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.
“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.”
The relief organisation said it found out that families in the north-east are often separated while fleeing attacks, while some are abducted or detained.