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ICC Note: Boko Haram’s attacks have killed many innocents and left several victims in famine in northern Nigeria. Many of the survivors have been forced to leave their homes and seek refuge at IDP camps. However, sexual abuse is a great concern both inside and outside of the camps. There is not enough food at the camps and many children are dying of starvation and malnutrition; therefore, some of the women resort to trade themselves for food and money. The violence of the Islamic terrorist group continues to threat civilians in the country, especially Christians. Last week Boko Haram killed 8 Christians when they were returning from their Sunday service and on Monday, they attacked two more Christian villages, where they slaughtered a man in front of his family.

9/28/2016, Nigeria (Reuters) –  Tired of watching her five children go hungry in a camp for people fleeing Boko Haram in northeastern Nigeria, Amina Ali Pulka decided to befriend a young man who worked in the kitchen.

Desperate due to the lack of aid distributed at the Bakassi camp in the city of Maiduguri, the 30-year-old had sex with the man in exchange for extra food to give to her children.

“I did it because I had nobody to feed me or clothe me,” Pulka told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by phone, adding that the man, who like her had been uprooted by Boko Haram violence, also gave her money which she used to buy soap and other items.

Pulka is one of many women in internally displaced persons (IDP) camps in northeast Nigeria who are selling sex in exchange for food, soap, and money, said medical charity International Medical Corps (IMC) and Nigerian research group NOI Polls.

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