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Teenage Boko Haram Victims narrate how they were raped by Soldiers in IDP Camps

It is no doubt a disturbing situation when one flees from a bad situation, believing that safety has been found only to meet the same ordeal at the hands of your supposed saviours.

Such are the cases of these teenage Boko Haram victims who had fled from the terrorist sect. only to be made victims of sexual assault at the hands of the security forces in charge of the IDP camps where they sought refuge.

According to a report by New York Times' ‘Dionney Searcey’, some teenage Boko Haram victims took out time to narrate their ordeals at the hands of soldiers meant to safeguard their IDP camps.

14-year old Falmata who was kidnapped by Boko Haram when she was only 11 narrated her own ordeal, revealing that she was married off to three different Boko Haram militants before she finally took in with the baby passing away few days after being born.

Falmata stated that she escaped after three years and was taken to an IDP camp called Dalori Camp by soldiers who had rescued her.

According to her, on that same night of arriving at the IDP camp, she was raped by the soldiers.

She said;

"The same day I was brought there, soldiers started coming to rape me. They did it one after another. I’m not even sure those two knew each other".

Falmata further disclosed that the soldiers began taking turns at her and after about two months at the camp, she couldn't bear it anymore and fled.

Luckily for her, she met a Good Samaritan who helped her locate her grandmother with whom she has been living with since.

She continued;

"I felt it would continue forever. After I escaped, I met a man on the road and told him; 'Look, I have a problem. These people are going to kill me. They come to me every night'".

18-year old Hadiza who was at another IDP camp called 'Teachers Village' also had a similar story.

According to Hadiza, the soldiers had a particular way of selecting girls.

She explained that these officers would select a girl to cook their meal after which they would ask her to clean up. After cleaning up, they would instruct the girl to bath in the officers' quarters while they watched then afterwards, they would rape her.

Hadiza revealed she was called in one night to cook and she thought to herself, "definitely my time has come". She said the soldiers raped her that night and since then she had been raped over twenty times.

The Federal Government (FG) has been taking measures to ensure that sexual assaults experienced by these girls in various IDP camps are stopped by deploying female officers, enlightening security officers and arresting those who have been accused.

Executive Director for the Africa division of Human Rights Watch, Mausi Segun told New York Times that little efforts have been made by Nigerian authorities to implement the promise of justice for these survivors by President Buhari.

According to Segun, this delay denotes a sense of helplessness for these displaced persons.

Segun said;

"Very little progress has been made by Nigerian authorities to implement President Buhari’s promise of justice for the survivors. The delay reinforces displaced people’s sense of helplessness, and likely emboldens more perpetrators to prey on their vulnerability".


Read Full Story in New York Times HERE

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