As the battle against insurgency continues in Nigeria, United Nations Children Emergency Fund, UNICEF, has disclosed that between 2,000- 7,000 women and girls are still living in abduction and sex slavery in the North East region of the country.
In a release to mark the two years from the abduction of 219 Chibok school girls, UNICEF Country Representative to Nigeria, Jean Gough noted that between 2,000 to 7,000 women and girls are living in abduction and sex slavery.
UNICEF also regretted that women and girls who have escaped Boko Haram were reportedly undergoing a systematic training programme while in captivity, training as bombers, adding that 85% of the suicide attacks by women globally in 2014 were in Nigeria.
UNICEF further disclosed that children had been used to perpetrate three-quarters of all suicide attacks in Nigeria since 2014.
Humanitarian Coordinator for Nigeria, Fatma Samoura in a statement to mark the day said, “Humanitarian agencies are concerned that two years have passed, yet, the fate of the Chibok girls and the many, many other abductees are unknown.’’
The agencies note that as the Nigerian military recaptures territory from Boko Haram, abducted women and girls are being recovered, pointing that over and above the horrific trauma of sexual violence these girls experienced during their captivity, many are now facing rejection by their families and communities, because of their association with Boko Haram. “You are a Boko Haram wife, don’t come near us!” one girl was reportedly told.

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