More Boko Haram Freed Nigerian Women Tell of Captivity Horror
ICC Note: Stonings, forced marriage, sexual abuse, forced conversion to Islam… These are just a few of the extreme horrors some of the women experienced who were rescued last week from the clutches of militant Islamists Boko Haram. New testimony and video has emerged from a refugee camp in Yola, Nigeria where nearly 700 women and children reside safely. Nigerian military operations in the Sambisa Forest Region turned up the captives in the offensive against Boko Haram where at least 15 captives died in crossfire and 13 camps were reportedly destroyed. Officials do not think any of the Chibok girls are among the freed women.
5/4/15 Yola, Nigeria (BBC) – Former hostages held by Boko Haram militants in northern Nigeria say some fellow captives were stoned to death as the army approached to rescue them.
The women said Boko Haram fighters started pelting them when they refused to run away as the army came nearer.
A group of nearly 300 women and children was brought out of the vast Sambisa forest to a government camp.
The military says it has rescued more than 700 people in the past week in an offensive against the Islamist group.
The women said several were killed in the stoning, but they did not know how many.