Lagos - Perpetrated by Nigerian authorities, the
sexual violation of refugees displaced by the Boko Haram is among the biggest
dents to efforts aimed at stemming violence against women this year.
This is according to Human Rights Watch, which rates the
scandal alongside other disgraceful developments in other countries as Argentina,
Burundi, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan
and even the United States.
HRW pointed out in Nigeria, government officials and other
authorities raped and sexually exploited women and girls displaced by the
conflict caused by the Boko Haram terror group.
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Ironically, as the terror group is notorious for its murder,
kidnapping and rape sprees, it emerged in October at least 43 victims had also
suffered sexual violation at the hands of government officials and authorities.
Some women were reportedly drugged and raped, while most
were coerced into sex through false marriage promises and material and
Many of those coerced into sex said they were abandoned if
they became pregnant. They and their children have suffered discrimination,
abuse and stigmatisation from other camp residents.
President Muhammadu Buhari ordered a probe into the scandal
but thus far, nothing has come out of the probe.
- CAJ News