Saturday, March 28, 2015

Babies Born to Kidnapped Nigerian Schoolgirls Due to Rape

It has been a year since the kidnapping of 232 Nigerian schoolgirls gained world attention. Sadly, the first babies born to the schoolgirls due to rape arrived in February. Four girls who managed to escape the terror group said they were raped almost on a daily basis, according to a report by World Watch Monitor (WWM).

The four girls said those who did not cooperate with the rebels faced severe punishment. Other girls captured previously who managed to escape said some girls were killed because they would not renounce their Christian faith, WWM reported.

Meanwhile, a woman recently released by Boko Haram reports she was held in the same location as the schoolgirls - Gwoza town in Borno state, according to the International Center for Investigative Reporting (ICIR). Mbutu Papka, 56, was kidnapped in July 2014 and held by the insurgents for eight months in two locations.
She says the abducted schoolgirls are being held under very tight security in a house in Gwoza. Ms. Papka said no one is allowed near the fenced building where the abducted girls are being held under 24-hour security.

People in the area informed Papka the girls were inside. Because access to the house is restricted, the girls apparently do their own cooking and chores, according to ICIR.

The Nigerian Government has been under severe criticism for the way it has dealt with the crisis. Many say it has not done enough to secure the girls' release or to support their families.
Australian Stephen Davis was involved in negotiations for the release of the schoolgirls and he goes so far as to say the government was complicit in their abduction.

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