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TOPIC: Victims of Boko Haram Assaulted by Govt. Officials
Victims of Boko Haram Assaulted by Govt. Officials
06 Nov 2016 19:01 #10831
Human Rights reports have detailed numerous cases of sexual assault against women and girls that were abducted by the militant group Boko Haram. It seems that after women and girls escaped the militant group, they were raped by government officials or camp aids. “The Rapid Protection Assessment Report, published in May, showed sexual exploitation and abuse was a major issue in almost all 13 camps near or in the northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri. The Human Rights report indicated 39 women and girls were coerced into having sex through the promise of marriage or supplies, and four females were drugged and raped”. The president of Nigeria has condemned the behavior and promises that the consequences for the persons responsible will not be lenient.
This is a distressing story because these women had already been kidnapped, and most likely were assaulted by the militant group; in addition to, being in constant fear for their safety and wondering whether they would make it home alive. The most disconcerting aspect of this story is that the women were mistreated by the very people that were supposed to protect and provide them aide. These officials took advantage of women that were already vulnerable and in need of help, not exploitation. These actions demonstrate a lack of respect for the victims of Boko Haram, and the terrible actions that they have had to suffer through. I encourage the government to search out these sexual predators and make an example of them, to demonstrate that the country values its women and is not okay with a person exerting their force or power on these women to coerce them into sexual acts. In addition, the victims of these acts need help and support that should be provided by trusting officials there to help alleviate some of the pain and disgrace the women are forced to live through after their return from captivity with the militant group.
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