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Chibok abductions highlight worst form of sexual violence

13 June 2016, 09:33Okoro Chinedu

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 in Conflict.

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 Nigeria.

Also read: Chibok mothers to speak in Washington

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


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