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Thursday, 18 February 2016

Girls rescued from the clutches of Boko Haram get unexpectedly hostile homecoming

It was the hashtag that turned the spotlight on the crisis of Nigerian girls and women being abducted by Boko Haram: #BringBackOurGirls. But now that government and humanitarian efforts are resulting in some women being rescued from the Islamic militant group and returned to their homes, it seems not all Nigerians are welcoming them with open arms.

According to a joint report released Tuesday by UNICEF and human rights group International Alert, many women and teen girls who were once held by Boko Haram are being rejected by their families and communities. People treat the former captives with mistrust over fears the women have become radicalized supporters of the extremists. But the suspicious behavior of family members tends to become explicit persecution if the former captives bore children after being sexually assaulted by members of Boko Haram.
 
The babies may be innocent, but they are seen by locals as being infected with “bad blood” from their rapist Boko Haram fathers, according to the report.
“There is a belief that, like their fathers, the children will inevitably do what hyenas do and ‘eat’ the innocent dogs around them,” wrote the report’s authors.
Rejected by their families and neighbors, many of the women and their children are being pushed into poverty. To avoid homelessness and to provide for their babies, some are turning to prostitution to earn money. As a result, the children themselves are “at risk of rejection, abandonment, discrimination, and potential violence,” wrote the report’s authors.
“These findings show a pressing need to do more to reintegrate those returning from captivity by Boko Haram,” Kimairis Toogood, International Alert’s peace-building adviser in Nigeria, said in a statement. “Many of these girls already face lasting trauma of sexual violence and being separated from their families, so we must ensure they get all the support they need when they finally return.” 
Approximately 2,000 women and girls have been abducted since 2012. Despite the campaign in raising awareness, the nearly 300 abducted schoolgirls still haven’t been returned home.
As for those girls and women who have been rescued, only to face a hostile homecoming, International Alert and UNICEF said more humanitarian assistance for them is needed.
“There is a fear that if the needs of these survivors and returning populations are not met, these factors could add another dimension to an already complex conflict situation in northeast Nigeria,” said Toogood.
 
 
Source: Takepart.com

48 comments:

Y.F.C. Omrex said...

So sad.

anita gold said...

Hhmm!

anita gold said...

Hhmm!

Anonymous said...

sad




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Adenike Bamigboye said...

That is not gud jor

Anonymous said...

sad




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NaijaDeltaBabe said...

It is well


...merited happiness

NaijaDeltaBabe said...

It is well


...merited happiness

Fatty alkali. said...

Allah mai iko,ka yaye mana.

ROYAL PRIESTHOOD said...

Fellow Nigerians acting lik enemies of d states. Wht a shame.

freeborn zinalima said...

Hmmmm well terrorist sponsor buhari says that boko harams don't exist it might be freeborn they rescue it from there hands.
All this girls boko harams don fuck tire needs to be killed too.




















#sad indeed

babanee said...

Hope to cc d chinbok girls too soon Kudos to nigeria army

Nenyechi said...

I feel for dem girls

Yemi said...

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Pretty face said...

It's difficult, but they just have to be accepted, supported and encouraged

oliviasdiary said...

You cant blame them...what the govt should is to sanitize theae young women before sendn sem to their families

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Wilheminna Moses said...

Will u blame them?

MJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJ said...

Sad

GREAtson Vieriche CJ said...

This is definitely a complicated situation! However, the society must not treat these returnees negatively as it might go ahead to push them into worst reactions as they've unarguably gone through hell within the period of their captivity! Carefulness must be applied too as the kind ones among-st us open their philanthropic arms to welcome them.

El Fidel said...

This una country sef

Peace nwadire said...

Na wao ooooooh, uwa ekweghi nmeta ooooooh.

Pearlie said...

Ehyaa!! It's a pity. I don't blame the villagers shaa

Eddy Ogbunambala said...

It's well

christiana christiana said...

Wow tnk God

Welcome ladies



#spritual

samson adele said...

May Almighty GOD! help us!

Anonymous said...

Why encourage them to keep the babies? I am a Christian and I believe that nobody shud be forced into parenthood especially not motherhood. Let them end the pregnancy first. U don't know wat its like to be raped and get pregnant by ur rapist

Charles Okafor said...

Choi... Nawa oo
Dis is very bad

















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Davido's driver said...

Rejection is bad o

ProudlyDeltan15 said...

Illiteracy...sad....ProudlyDeltan

Jamila Shaibu said...

Eyahhhhh...so sad!

Pesin Pikin said...

Seriously, this is truly a dicey situatiion cuz these people rescued could turn out to be a menace resulting from their settlement among the sect members

Nkemy said...

They need to go to rehab...they are traumatized

Juliet Iwuno said...

Nna, nsogbu dikwa! Linda take note!

Juliet Iwuno said...

Nna, nsogbu dikwa! Linda take note!

YEMI D MODEL said...

This is so unfair, these people have bin through a lot the least the families can do is give them a breathing space n keep an eye on them. Issoryt o

Odibe Blessing said...

Dat's unfair and dese hausa ppl can think like cows smtimes,why do such a tin nah....mstchhheeewww

Uju Phil said...

Such a trauma...

General said...

We need changes jus lik PAC said

Andy sneh said...

I understand the family fears but it's not the victims fault, they are the victims in this story, families nd friends need to make them have a sense of belonging, dat is d only way they can overcome their trauma.

Vivian Reginalds said...

Chai
-D great anonymous now as Vivian Reginalds

udeh martha said...

Not their families fault, because you never can tell what they will do next.

ossyd2 osamede said...

Hmmm

Ogenah Boris said...

With this blog I'm always updated

Anonymous said...

I dont blame their families for being scared of them oh because boko haram can brain-wash people through diabolical means. They hypnotise these girls with juju. How do u explain a girl blowing up herself with suicide bomb? Its not ordinary.

daniela desmond said...

I don't blame their families... One tried to kill her brother...they need to go to counselling and therapy asap...

Ogbukwa Blessing said...

Hmmmmm

uche ekwulugo said...

Eyah!



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Eric Nesty aka LIB'S FINEST said...

Too bad.


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