Lagos – The abduction of more than 200 girls
from Chibok is among the most horrific examples of the use of sexual violence
as a tactic of terrorism.
This is according to United Nations Secretary-General Ban
Ki-moon, ahead of the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence
The day is observed on 19 June.
This year’s commemoration comes two years after the
Islamic militant Boo Haram sect kidnapped the schoolgirls from their premises
at Chibok Government School in the terror-prone Borno State, northeast of
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Efforts to rescue the minors have largely been
unsuccessful except for one of the girls the Army rescued among scores of
captivities in May.
Ki-moon mentioned that setback alongside the continued
tragedy of women and girls subjected to forced marriage or sexual slavery by
extremist groups in the Middle East as the most appalling levels of sexual
violence in wartime.
The UN chief said Da’esh, Boko Haram and other extremist
groups were using sexual violence as a means of attracting and retaining
fighters, and to generate revenue.
Abducted women, men, girls and boys suffer the
most terrible trauma through brutal physical and sexual assault, child and
forced marriages and sexual slavery on a massive scale.
- CAJ News