Nigerian Military Reunites Escaped Girls with 'Repentant Boko Haram Husbands,' Amnesty International Reports | #NwokeukwuMascot


Amnesty Int'l Reveals How Nigerian Military Authorities Reunited Girls Who Escaped From Terrorists With 'Repentant Boko Haram Husbands' To Continue Abuses | #NwokeukwuMascot

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A recent report by Amnesty International reveals that girls and young women who escaped Boko Haram captivity in northeast Nigeria continue to suffer from significant human rights abuses.

These survivors, who endured abduction, sexual slavery, and other atrocities, have faced further violations even after their escape, often within military detention facilities.

The report, titled “Help Us Build Our Lives: Girl Survivors of Boko Haram and Military Abuses in Northeast Nigeria”, details the ongoing hardships these survivors face. Amnesty International’s investigation, based on 126 interviews with survivors conducted between 2019 and 2024, highlights how these girls and young women, after fleeing Boko Haram, are met with inadequate support and, in some cases, unlawful military detention.

"Girls and young women who escaped Boko Haram captivity in northeast Nigeria faced further suffering, including sometimes in unlawful military detention, and are now receiving inadequate support as they attempt to rebuild their lives," Amnesty International stated.

A particularly troubling aspect of the report is the allegation that the Nigerian government has reunited some of these survivors with their so-called "surrendered Boko Haram husbands" in government-run transit camps, exposing them to the risk of continued abuse. This practice has drawn sharp criticism from human rights advocates.

“These girls, many of them now young women, had their childhood stolen from them and suffered a litany of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and other human rights abuses. They are now showing remarkable bravery as they seek to take control of their future,” said Samira Daoud, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for West and Central Africa.

The long-lasting consequences of these abuses are severe, impacting the survivors' health, education, social relationships, and overall well-being. Many of the girls faced forced marriages, sexual violence, and public punishments during their captivity.

The report documents that at least 33 survivors of forced marriage experienced rape, and many bore children as a result of sexual violence, with some giving birth while they were still children themselves.

Further, Boko Haram has been known to use girls as suicide bombers, with a significant number of female bombers being reported between 2014 and 2019. Despite escaping such dire circumstances, these survivors have not received the necessary legal and psychological support to rebuild their lives. For instance, none of the interviewees had access to legal representation or were formally charged with any crime during their detention, a clear violation of international human rights law.

Amnesty International calls for urgent action from the Nigerian government, UN agencies, and donor governments to provide tailored reintegration services for these survivors. The organization stresses the importance of ensuring that these girls and young women are not forced to return to their Boko Haram "husbands" and that they receive the necessary support to rebuild their lives with dignity and safety.

“The Nigerian government has failed to uphold their human rights obligations to protect and adequately support these girls and young women,” Daoud emphasized. “Along with their international partners, the Nigerian authorities must support these girls and young women as they fully reintegrate into society by prioritizing access to healthcare, education, and vocational training.”

The report underscores the urgent need for increased specialist support to help these survivors reclaim their futures and highlights their resilience and determination to overcome the immense challenges they have faced.


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