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FW: What is going on in Nigeria's IDP camps?

Aisha-Nana Salaudeen

Aisha-Nana Salaudeen

Aisha is trying to figure out how to tell as many impact stories as possible in different forms.

This article is part of our #FirstWord series to provide context on trending news.

 

Amnesty International (AI), a United Kingdom-based human rights organisation, released a report accusing Nigerian soldiers and Civilian JTF (Joint Task Force) members of raping girls and women in Internationally Displaced Persons' camps (IDPs) in exchange for food.

AI says the displaced persons, who often have little to eat, have been turned to sex slaves by those meant to protect them from Boko Haram terrorists.

 

What’s the story?

In early 2015, there was an acute food shortage in IDP camps across the Northeast. Boko Haram survivors struggled to get meals even when the United Nations and other agencies scaled up assistance within these satellite camps in 2016.

People are dying, there is always a burial. I was thinking maybe one day it will be mine”  - Yanna, Boko Haram Survivor in Dikwa Camp.

Capitalizing on the shortage of food and resources in these camps, the soldiers and civilian JTF force the women into becoming their ‘girlfriends’ in exchange for humanitarian assistance.

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