Female IDP's are now turning to prostitution to survive- CSO's

The Chairman of the Network of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Borno State, Ahmed Shehu, has said  that displaced women and teenagers were engaging in prostitution in order to raise money to feed their families.
Speaking at the presentation of the situational assessment of internally displaced persons in the North-East by a non-governmental organisation, NOI Polls, on Tuesday in Abuja, Shehu
noted that 60 per cent of female IDPs had suffered rape and other forms of sexual harassment, adding that many homes in Maiduguri and environs were now headed by teenagers whose parents had either been killed, missing or in Boko Haram captivity.
He said, “Many females were raped and killed while collecting firewood, particularly as they traveled farther from their communities. Many teenagers are heading their families now because their parents had been killed or captured by Boko Haram. The sad part of it is that many female internally displaced persons have gone into prostitution so that they can feed themselves.”
According to the activist stated that the development could worsen the high incidences of sexually-transmitted diseases in the state.
In its assessment, the NOI noted the cases of sexual abuse and rise in social vices in the camps and called on the Government to address it.
It also affirmed incidences of corruption and sharp practices with respect to the distribution of relief materials donated to the IDPs.
Part of its report stated, “Majority of IDPs (93 per cent) attested that they don’t get most of the relief materials such as food, clothes, medicines and so on, allocated to them by the government and donor agencies.”

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