Nigeria: Women and girls captured by Boko Haram subjected to mass rape
This is truly barbaric.
Nigeria: Women and girls captured by Boko Haram subjected to mass rape | i24news - See beyond
Officials say sexual violence was strategy of Islamist group, who hoped to breed new generation of fighters. Hundreds of women and girls who were kidnapped by Boko Haram were raped, some repeatedly, in what officials have described as a deliberate strategy by the Islamist group to breed a new generation of fighters in Nigeria. In interviews with the New York Times published on Monday, the women said they were locked in houses by the dozen and forced to engage in sexual relations with the militants. “They chose the ones they wanted to marry,” said a 25-year-old woman named Hamsatu, adding that she was four months pregnant with one of the Islamist's babies. “If anybody shouts, they said they would shoot them.” According to the report, dozens of newly freed women and girls, many of whom are pregnant, have been showing up at a refugee camp near Maiduguri, as Nigerian soldiers continue to repel Boko Haram forces from the region.
Most of the 15,000 people who are at the camp are women, relief officials told the Times. Over 200 of these women are pregnant, but many more may be carrying the unwanted children of militants. "The sect leaders make a very conscious effort to impregnate the women,” Borno governor Kashim Shettima was quoted by the Times as saying. “Some of them, I was told, even pray before mating, offering supplications for God to make the products of what they are doing become children that will inherit their ideology.” Some of the girls subjected to sexual violence were as young as 11. Many contracted HIV. Boko Haram fighters also killed older boys and men in front of their families before taking women and children into the forest where many died of hunger and disease, freed captives said.
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Re: Nigeria: Women and girls captured by Boko Haram subjected to mass rape
This is monstrously evil.