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Monday, 31 October 2016

Humanrights watch accuse Police, Soldiers, Vigilantes, other government workers of raping and sexually exploiting Female IDPs

Camp leaders, Police Officers, Soldiers, Vigilante groups and other authorities working at Internally Displaced Persons camp in the North, have been accused of raping and sexually exploiting some of the Female IDPs.

A report published this morning by the Human Rights Watch, states that women and girls abused by members of the security forces and vigilante groups – civilian self-defense groups working with government forces in their fight against Boko Haram say they feel powerless and fear retaliation if they report the abuse. Part of the report reads

A 17-year-old girl said that just over a year after she fled the frequent Boko Haram attacks in Dikwa, a town 56 miles west of Maiduguri, a policeman approached her for “friendship” in the camp, and then he raped her.

“One day he demanded to have sex with me,” she said. “I refused but he forced me. It happened just that one time, but soon I realized I was pregnant. When I informed him about my condition, he threatened to shoot and kill me if I told anyone else. So I was too afraid to report him.”

Irregular supplies of food, clothing, medicine, and other essentials, along with restricted movement in the IDP camps in Maiduguri, compounds the vulnerability of victims – many of them widowed women and unaccompanied orphaned girls – to rape and sexual exploitation by camp officials, soldiers, police, members of civilian vigilante groups, and other Maiduguri residents. Residents of the Arabic Teachers Village camp, Pompomari, told Human Rights Watch in July that the camp had not received any food or medicines since late May, just before the start of the month-long Muslim fast of Ramadan.

One of the victims, a 16-year-old girl who fled a brutal Boko Haram attack on Baga, near the shores of Lake Chad, northern Borno in January 2015, said she was drugged and raped in May 2015 by a vigilante group member in charge of distributing aid in the camp:
He knew my parents were dead, because he is also from Baga. He would bring me food items like rice and spaghetti so I believed he really wanted to marry me. But he was also asking me for sex. I always told him I was too small [young]. The day he raped me, he offered me a drink in a cup. As soon as I drank it, I slept off. It was in his camp room. I knew something was wrong when I woke up. I was in pain, and blood was coming out of my private part. I felt weak and could not walk well. I did not tell anyone because I was afraid. When my menstrual period did not come, I knew I was pregnant and just wanted to die to join my dead mother. I was too ashamed to even go to the clinic for pregnancy care. I am so young! The man ran away from the camp when he heard I delivered a baby six months ago. I just feel sorry for the baby because I have no food or love to give him. I think he might die.
An 18-year-old girl from Kukawa, a Borno town 112 miles from Maiduguri, the state capital, said that a member of Civilian Joint Task Force – a self-defense vigilante group working with government forces in their fight against Boko Haram – initially gave her privileges, including passes that allowed her to leave the camp, but then raped her:
The man started with preaching, telling me to be a good Muslim girl and not to join bad groups in the camp. He then sent his mother to propose to me, which convinced me that he was serious. He allowed me to go outside the camp when necessary. When he asked me to visit his newly allocated room in the camp, I didn’t see any reason not to go because I felt safe with him. He gave me a bottle of Zobo [locally brewed non-alcoholic drink] and I immediately felt dizzy and slept off. I don’t know what happened thereafter but when I woke up he was gone and I was in pain and felt wet between my legs. For three days I could not walk properly. Some weeks later I fell very ill, and was told at the hospital that I was pregnant. Then everyone turned away from me: He refused to help me, and my step-mother who I lived with in camp pushed me out, saying I was a disgrace. I reported [him] to the police in camp several times but they have not done anything to him because they work together. Whenever I see him, I wish something terrible will happen to him. It is because of him that I have lost everything. I don’t even think the baby will last because she is always crying and I can’t cope. I pray that God will forgive me for neglecting the baby but I am helpless.


livingstone chibuike said...

Its well

livingstone chibuike said...

Shame to al of u guys dat wat u guys ar sent dere to do? Dis is soo embarrasing , annoying nd irksom..well am not surprise cos evrythin is possible in dis apc admin

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Chizzy Liz said...

***********************hmmmmmmmmmm.... Dax a grievous one ..inukwa


OMG! What a cruel world. Even the ones sent to protect them are taking advantage of them. Who would they run to, this is disgusting and so unfair.

. ~BONARIO~says so via NOKIA LUMIA

Ogenah Boris said...

This is serious

freeborn bamislam suani ahmad bamislam said...

Na today huh? FREEBORN HISS. i stop checking point opposite my house because of how Nigeria hausa soldiers are sexually mollesting girls every day. SO EVERY THING I HEAR THEY SAY THAT NIGERIA POLICE AND SOLDIERS DID I MUST BELIEVE IT BECAUSE THEY ARE EVIL LIKE TERRORIST BUHARI.
But this idp rubbish hm freeborn hiss!

#sad indeed

OSINANL said...


ike manuel said...

Anybody that's guilty of this is a monster!

Na me talk am!

Long Live Lib!!!

Uju Phil said...

This is really serious,quite inhumane!#Tufiakwa

Iphie Abraham said...

Omg! Painful stories. God will never forgive them for doing this to homeless,hungry and sick women nd girls

Lib addict# just passing#

Eddy Ogbunambala said...

Too bad

RareSpecie Z said...

Had drop some precious crystalline tears in my weeping vase.

Vivian Reginalds said...

-D great anonymous now as Vivian Reginalds

Alloy Chikezie said...

Oh dear! This is some serious allegation.

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Odibe Blessing said...

What a wicked act,dey deserve better punishment

Juliet Iwuno said...

Nsogbu dikwa big time. Linda take note!

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