“Worried about child victims of the insurgency in the North-eastern part of the country, a nine-year-old girl, Splendour Joe King, set about writing a book titled “The Effects of Terrorism on Children”.
Leadership Newspaper reports that the book is scheduled to be launched on June 18, 2015 at the International Conference Centre in Abuja.
The little girl decided to pick on the topic, which even adult scholars might have difficulty tackling, after visiting internally- displaced people in Kuchingoro in the Federal Capital Territory, where she interviewed a number of people, including children.
During her visit, Splendour was accompanied by her father, Abisoye Joe King, and Senator-elect Ahmed Abubakar.
When asked why she decided to write a book about the effects of terrorism on children, she said:
“These terrorists we see today were once children like us. I want to catch children young now, so their lives won’t be miserable in the future.”
In the book, which is about 20 pages long, the young writer defines terrorism and names different types of it. She also explains why people go into terrorism and how it affects innocent children. The book contains an interview with a child victim of terrorism she met in the camp that illustrates the sad plight of children and the emotional trauma they are suffering as a result of the horrible experience of terrorism’.
With a surprising understanding of the problem, Splendour gives advice on how to help child victims of terrorism and what the government and society should do to fight insurgency and violence in Nigeria.
The nine-year-old girl stresses, in her book, the need for proper upbringing of children at home and also addresses the role of religious leaders and the government.
According to her, they have to ensure that children can grow and live free from the negative influences of radicalisation and terrorism.
Meanwhile, Splendour has personally reached out to the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, to serve as the Special Guest at her book launch party.
The girl also asked the chairman of the Leadership Newspapers, Sam Nda-Isaiah, to serve as the book reviewer.
While she is waiting for Buhari’s response, she has an impressive list of dignitaries she hopes to invite to the occasion.
Splendour, who dreams of being a lawyer in the future, said she is starting a foundation for children and victims of terrorism, that will defend them, give them education, scholarships and take care of their health issues.