Human Rights Watch: Boko Haram Militants Are Targeting Christians and Students In Nigeria

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A new report by Human Rights Watch has painted a nightmare picture of the abuse suffered by victims of abduction at the hands of Boko Haram.

Human Rights Watch said in a 63-page report out on Monday that women and girls abducted by the Nigerian militants were forced to marry, convert, and endure physical and psychological abuse, as well as forced labour and rape while in captivity.

The report, “Those Terrible Weeks in Their Camp”, draws on interviews with over 40 witnesses and victims of Boko Haram abductions in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states.

They include some of the 276 girls snatched by the militants from a secondary school in Chibok in 2014.

“The Chibok tragedy and #Bring Back Our Girls campaign focused much-needed global attention to the horrific vulnerability of girls in northeastern Nigeria,” said Daniel Bekele, Africa director at Human Rights Watch.

“Now the Nigerian government and its allies need to step up their efforts to put an end to these brutal abductions and provide for the medical, psychological, and social needs of the women and girls who have managed to escape.”

Human Rights Watch said the group appeared to be targeting students and Christians in particular, with victims forced into converting to Islam by threats of whipping, beatings or death… Read More

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