Women and Girls are Rescued from Boko Haram Only to Be Raped by Nigerian Government Officials


A number women and girls rescued from Boko Haram have been subject to rape and abuse from Nigerian government officials, soldiers, and police who were supposed to be protecting them, according to Human Rights Watch.

Human Rights Watch documented sexual abuse, rape, and exploitation among 43 women living in seven placement camps in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, since July 2016.

“It is bad enough that these women and girls are not getting much-needed support for the horrific trauma they suffered at the hands of Boko Haram,” said Mausi Segun, senior Nigeria researcher at Human Rights Watch. “It is disgraceful and outrageous that people who should protect these women and girls are attacking and abusing them.”

More than 10,000 civilians have been killed in the conflict with Boko Haram since 2009. At least 2,000 women and children have also been kidnapped, forced into marriage, or used as sex slaves.

Recently, 21 Chibok school girls were reunited with their families after being held by the terror group for more than two years.

According to a situational assessment reported by the Human Rights Watch, 66 percent of the 400 displaced people in Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe states said women were abused by camp officials.

Four victims who’ve shared their stories with the organization said they were drugged and raped. Another 37 said that they were coerced into sex through false promises of food and other help.

Women reported that camp guards demanded sexual favors before they go out of the camp to beg for food.

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