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Nigeria investigates report of rapes, trafficking in camps

11 February 2015, 06:54

Abuja — Officials Tuesday formed a panel to investigate a report of rapes, child trafficking and other abuses in northeastern camps for people fleeing from Boko Haram.

A report funded by Calabar-based International Centre for Investigative Reporting alleged some officials who should be protecting displaced people are participating in the abuse.

The National Emergency Management Agency said a "high-level investigative" panel will look into the charges and report back in two weeks.

Also Read: Boko Haram abducts 30 people in Cameroon, Nigeria

It said the panel will hold town hall meetings in camps and briefings with hospital officials, and also decide if any government agencies are culpable.

The report by freelance journalist Charles Dickson was carried in several newspapers. It quoted an unnamed nurse as saying many children raped in camps are brought to the hospital. It alleged refugees are being sold as unpaid domestic workers.

It quoted a mother saying her baby was snatched from her; a 16-year-old saying she had been raped many times in her camp and is three months' pregnant; another 16-year-old saying a camp health worker offered her work in his home and then raped her repeatedly for three days until she escaped. None of the victims were identified by name.

The report says tens of thousands of people live in unspeakable conditions in the camps.

- AP


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