‘They Turned Me Into a Sex Machine;’ 214 Women and Children Rescued From Boko Haram Are Pregnant
ICC Note: The testimonies coming from the hundreds of women rescued from Boko Haram captivity in the Sambisa Forest are horrific. More than 200 of the almost 700 women and children rescued in the past weeks are pregnant. That’s because captives are reporting being gang raped multiple times everyday such that mothers will not be able to identify the fathers of their babies. This is the kind of perversion that Boko Haram has perpetrated across northern Nigeria for six years and it calls Christians to pray for those being treated and persecuted in these terrible ways.
By Benge Nsenduluka
5/7/15 Yola, Nigeria (Christian Post) – More than 200 women and children rescued last week by the Nigerian military from Boko Haram’s stronghold in the Sambisa Forest in Borno State, Nigeria, are said to be pregnant and two brave women from the group have spoken out about their harrowing experience with the militant Islamic group.
On April 28, 234 women and children were rescued from Boko Haram in northeast Nigeria and sent to a refugee camp in Yola where they are being treated and receiving aid. According to the United Nations Population Fund, which is providing support to the rescued hostages, at least 214 of them are visibly pregnant.
“A large number of girls and women rescued from Boko Haram have been found to be pregnant,” said Stéphane Dujarric, spokesman for United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. “We do not know yet the total number of pregnant girls among those rescued. The screening is still ongoing.”
Hundreds more, including 27-year-old Lami Musa, suffered the same ordeal and in addition to being physically and emotionally abused and tortured, she recalled being subject to deplorable living conditions at the Boko Haram camp in northeast Nigeria.
“They abducted the whole of my family and killed my husband at Kilkasa forest when I was four months pregnant. They took us to Sambisa forest, we were sleeping in an open field. For days, we went without water or food,” said Musa, while clutching her 3-day-old baby. “As I am talking to you, I cannot ascertain the status of her health. I have not had a bath since I was delivered of the baby. The baby is yet to be bathed too.”
In an interview with The Christian Post Thursday, pastor Laolu Akande, executive director of the Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans, said he believes the militants raped and impregnated the women out of sheer “evil-mindedness.”