Eight out of the hundreds of women recently rescued by military troops in Sambisa Forest have confirmed that they delivered their babies inside the forest and its surrounding hamlets.
Reports by TheCable online publication said some of the women who spoke at Malkohi camps for Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, in Yola, Adamawa State, described their ordeal in the forest as inhuman.
The women, who asked not to be named, however confirmed that some of them gave birth in Sambisa Forest while being held captive by insurgents.
“Some of the children died due to the harsh weather conditions in the forest,” one said. “In the bush there is heat and cold. I took five children with me to the forest, but the one I was nursing died due to the weather.”
Lamin Musa, who considered herself very fortunate, was captured pregnant and she delivered in Sambisa one day before a successful rescue mission of the military.
“I don’t know the exact day I gave birth, because we had lost touch with the days of the week,” Musa said. “But I delivered in the night and the military rescued us the next morning.”


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