Nigerian Soldiers Are Reported To Have Raped Hundreds Of Women Fleeing Boko Haram Since 2015 (Details below)

So many girls and young women who endured the Boko Haram siege and managed to escape are now being attacked by the Nigerian army of all people.

They say there are rescuing women.

“They Betrayed Us” reveals how the JTF Civilian Joint Task Force, a militia that works alongside them and the Nigerian army, has taken women from their husbands and taken them to remote camps where they have been raped, sometimes to change of food. There is evidence to show that thousands of people have starved to death in the camps of Borno state, northeast Nigeria, since 2015.

In some cases, the abuse appears to be part of a pattern of persecution of anyone believed to have a connection to Boko Haram. The women reported that the security officers beat them and called them “Boko Haram wives” when they complained about their treatment.

When the Nigerian military recaptured territory from the armed group in 2015, it ordered people living in rural villages to head to satellite camps, in some cases indiscriminately killing those who remained in their homes. Hundreds of thousands of people have fled or been forced to leave these areas.

The army screened everyone arriving at the satellite camps and, in some places, detained most men and boys between the ages of 14 and 40, as well as women traveling unaccompanied by their husbands. The detention of so many men has left women in the care of their families alone.

Dozens of women described how JTF soldiers and civilian members have used force and threats to rape women in satellite camps, including taking advantage of hunger to force women to become their girlfriends, which it meant being available to s3x on an ongoing basis.

Five women reported that they were raped in late 2015 and early 2016 in the Bama hospital camp when famine-like conditions prevailed.

Ama, 20 years old (not her real name), revealed: “They will give you food, but at night they will come back around 5:00 pm. M. Or 6:00 p.m. M. And they will tell you to come with them… A civilian man from the JTF came and brought food. to me. The next day he said that I should bring water from his house and I left. Then he closed the store door behind me and raped me. He said that I gave you these things, if you want them we have to be husband and wife ”.

Ten other people in the same camp said they were also forced to become girlfriends of security officials to save themselves from starvation. Most of these women had already lost their children or other family members due to the lack of food, water and medical care in the camp. Sexual exploitation continues at an alarming level as women remain desperate for access to sufficient food and livelihood opportunities.

The women said that sexual exploitation follows an organized system, with soldiers openly entering the camp for JTF s3x members and civilians choosing “very beautiful” women and girls to take to soldiers outside. The women reported that they were too scared to reject s3x’s demands.

“S3x in these highly coercive circumstances is always rape, even when physical force is not used, and Nigerian soldiers and civilian JTF members have been on the run. They act as if they don’t risk sanction, but the perpetrators and their superiors who have allowed this to go unchallenged have committed crimes under international law and must be held accountable, ”Osai Ojigho said.

Subsequent investigations revealed that hundreds of women along with their children have been held in the notorious Giwa Barracks detention center since 2015. While most have been released, an unknown number remain in military detention.

Many of those detained since 2015 had been victims of kidnapping or forced marriages by Boko Haram and were detained by the military for being the alleged wives of Boko Haram rather than being rescued.

Five reports of sexual violence at the Giwa barracks, while seven women said they gave birth inside their dirty and crowded cells without medical assistance. At least 32 babies and children, and five women, have died in custody since 2016.

“The detention of women and girls on the grounds that they were allegedly married to members of Boko Haram is illegal under international human rights law and Nigerian law, and it is discriminatory,” Osai Ojigho said.

The women interviewed often spent months or years living under the repressive Boko Haram regime. Some reported being forced to marry Boko Haram members or being flogged when caught breaking the armed group’s strict rules. Seven said they had witnessed executions of relatives or neighbors after failed escape attempts.

Since 2015, several NGOs and humanitarian organizations have reported cases of sexual violence and deaths in camps for internally displaced persons in northeastern Nigeria. While the authorities frequently promised to investigate these reports, there has been no tangible action to address the problem and no one appears to have been brought to justice. It is not always clear whether these investigations were carried out, as the reports have not been made public.