Nigeria girls detail horrific Boko Haram abuse
Women and girls who escaped Nigerian terror group Boko Haram speak about the physical torture, rape and forced marriage that many endure Victims who escaped the Nigerian Boko Haram kidnappings in which hundreds of women have been violently forced to convert to Islam have spoken about their ordeal.
The abuse of more than 500 women and girls since 2009 has been detailed in a Human Rights Watch report that says they are whipped, beaten or killed unless they convert to Islam. Many have also been raped or forced to accompany the group on operations.
One victim explained how Muslims and Christian women are treated differently by the terrorist group.
“They told the Muslims to stand to one side and the four of us Christians to the other – they released the Muslims but kept us”, she said.
Another victim, captured in September 2013, was forced to carry bullets for Boko Haram during operations. She said: “when they wanted me to kill the first man my body was shaking and I fell down on the ground. They forced me to get up and watch as they killed the second person. At that point I was thinking I should grab a gun from the insurgents and kill myself”.
The Nigerian government said Boko Haram recently agreed to a ceasefire and the release of around 200 girls