Irish rock band U2’s lead vocalist and philanthropist, Bono, says he has come face-to-face with the terrorism of Boko Haram Islamic extremists on a recent trip to Nigeria.
“I have to admit I was not prepared to see a nine-year-old child bride,” he told Welt am Sonntag, a German newspaper.
”The girl was surrounded by other child brides,” the singer recounted. “At that moment I knew I had come face-to-face with Boko Haram.”
Bono made a visit in August to the camp of people displaced by the Boko Haram conflict in the north-east.
Bono said action was needed to stop the humanitarian disaster in north-eastern Nigeria.
“According to the United Nations, some 50,000 children face death by starvation. The UN needs 300 million dollars in aid. We have to help, and quickly,” he asserted.