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How Boko Haram Member Repeatedly Raped Teenage Niece

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A teenager whose uncle was a Boko Haram member has narrated how he repeatedly raped her. She went on to narrate how the incident has affected her life negatively.

According to the teenager, the incident began after Boko Haram members attacked her village, killed all the men and took the women in the village captive.

She added that her uncle who raped her repeatedly was killed following a disagreement among members of the group.

After the death of her rapist uncle, she was then married off to another member of the terrorist group.

She narrated her ordeal to BBC on June 19, a day set aside annually by the United Nations to address sexual violence.

She said:

“The incident happened on a Tuesday as Boko Haram entered our town, killed all the men, burnt all our houses and took those of us that are women along.

“My uncle, who is also a Boko Haram member, then told me to stand up and follow him, that I had become his property. He started raping me since that day.

“He was, however, killed after some time following a disagreement between him and other Boko Haram members. I was married off to another member of the sect.”

The traumatised girl who is currently undergoing her secondary education has a dream of becoming a soldier.

She recounted how she and other girls who were rescued and brought to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Bama were stigmatized and referred to as wives of Boko Haram members.

She bitterly said she would like to fly a plane and bomb every Boko Haram member.

She said, “Anywhere we go to, people do stigmatise us as wives of Boko Haram members as if it’s our fault. Personally, l can’t forgive Boko Haram for life because of what they did to me.”

“My dream in life is to complete my education and become a soldier, then fly a plane and bomb every Boko Haram member. I’ll like to see them (Boko Haram) end in Nigeria,” she added.

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