214 rescued from Boko Haram are pregnant

By Drum Digital
06 May 2015

214 of the women and girls rescued in the Sambisa Forest in Nigeria from Boko Haram are visibly pregnant

Some of the girls and women that have been rescued from the clutches of Boko Haram in the Borno state by the Nigerian army recently, have been reported to be pregnant.

Zimbabwe Today reports that 214 women of the 234 women and children that were rescued in the Sambisa forest are visibly pregnant and now reside in a camp.

The site also reports that the executive director of UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund), Professor Babatunde Osotimehin disclosed that over 16 000 deliveries had taken place in the state over the past year.

Osotimehin also reportedly also said that all the kidnap survivors have severe pscyhosocial trauma and are receiving intense rehabilitation to attempt to restore their dignity.

"What we found is that some of the women and children that have come back actually have much more in terms of the stress they have faced, so the counselling has to be more intense and working with them one-on-one," he said as quoted by the site.

According to Amnesty International Boko Haram militants have kidnapped over 2 000 women and girls since early last year, many are believed to be forced into sexual slavery and trained to fight.

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