Amnesty International report alleges abuse of women and girls by Nigerian army

A new report by Amnesty International alleges the Nigerian military has been abusing women and girls seeking refuge from Boko Haram in north eastern Nigeria.

In a report called "They betrayed us", Amnesty paints a grim picture of the Nigerian military in Borno state.

The rights group says soldiers separated fleeing women from their husbands and confined them in remote “satellite camps"
where they were raped, sometimes in exchange for food.

It alleges women fleeing violence were also forced into relationships with military personnel.

It claims the military took advantage of starvation in the camps to prey on victims. Nine women reported being raped.

Amnesty also says suspected Boko Haram wives have been arbitrarily detained: five of them are said to have died, as well as 32 children.

The report is based on more than 250 interviews carried out between 2016 and 2018. The group says the violence perpetrated could constitute war crimes.

A military spokesperson condemned the report, calling allegations of rape fictitious




BBC

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