Nigeria: Sambisa Forest – 214 ‘Rescued’ Girls, Women Pregnant – UNFPA
ICC Note: The United Nations Population Fund reports that more than 200 women are pregnant out of the nearly 700 women and girls rescued last week from the Sambisa Forest where Muslim terrorists Boko Haram have strongholds. The rescued women are currently undergoing tests for sexually transmitted diseases and are in need of psycho-social counseling because of the trauma. There is still no word if any of the women are among the number of mostly Christian girls from Chibok kidnapped just over a year ago. The UNFPA report suggests there are kids who were born in the forest who are seeing the world outside for the first time.
By Yinka Shokunbi
5/4/15 Lagos, Nigeria (AllAfrica) — The United Nations Populations Fund (UNFPA), on Sunday said about 214 of the 687 women and girls so far rescued by the Nigerian Army from the dreaded Sambisa Forest in Borno State are at various stages of pregnancy.
The Army had last Tuesday announced the rescue of 293 girls and women from the forest which covers about 60,000sqm, followed by another 160 and 234 on Friday, who were expected to begin the process of profiling to determine their true identity, amidst initial hopes that some could be among the 219 girls abducted from Government Secondary School, Chibok.
Addressing newsmen in Lagos, UNFPA’s Executive Director, Prof. Babatunde Osotimehin said: “Consequently, since we have discovered that the magnitude of the challenge on ground is huge and there aren’t sufficient human resources to cope with this, we have sought for foreign assistance in human resources to help in the recovery process for these women and young girls.”