Islamic militants of Nigeria’s Boko Haram terrorist group reportedly raped and impregnated 214 of the 234 women and children rescued late last month in northeastern Nigeria. Most of them are Christian.
The United Nations Populations Fund announced that 234 women and children were rescued on April 28 and transported to a refugee camp in Yola along Nigeria’s eastern border, where they are receiving much-needed medical treatment. At least 214 of the rescued females are said to be visibly pregnant. According to The Huffington Post, 677 women have been rescued from Boko Haram in recent weeks — most of whom were abducted by the militant Muslims within the last nine months
"A large number of girls and women rescued from Boko Haram have been found to be pregnant," stated Stéphane Dujarric, who serves as spokesperson 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."
One of the rape victims was repeatedly raped by the Islamic terrorists after her abduction six months ago. Twenty-three-year-old Asabe Aliyu, a mother of four, is currently pregnant with another child after being raped daily by numerous men — one of whom forced her to marry him.
"I was abducted six months ago in Delsak, when our village was overrun by Boko Haram," Aliyu informed Nigeria’s The Daily Times, while trying to hold back tears. "First I had sojourned from my village to a forest close to Cameroun. They turned me into a sex machine. They took turns to sleep with me. Now, I am pregnant and I cannot identify the father."
Being held has sex slaves, hundreds of women, like Aliyu, were held captive under unspeakable living conditions at one of Boko Haram’s camps located in northeast Nigeria. Lami Musa was another rape victim, who, at 27 years of age, recounted her nightmare of being both physically and emotionally tortured by the Islamic militants.
"They abducted the whole of my family and killed my husband at Kilkasa forest when I was four months pregnant,” Musa recalled. “They took us to Sambisa forest. We were sleeping in an open field.”
Besides the abuse, Musa had little to no access to food, water and shelter.
“For days, we went without water or food,” Musa continued. “As I am talking to you, I cannot ascertain the status of her [the baby’s] health. I have not had a bath since I was delivered of the baby. The baby is yet to be bathed, too."
Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans Executive Director Laolu Akande, who is also a pastor, says the assailants are among the most wicked and morally depraved groups on the planet.
“What this has shown us is the outright, evil-mindedness of the terrorists,” Pastor Akande explained to The Christian Post Thursday. “They believe that when they impregnate women like that, they will produce children who will not be catered for in this society who will then grow up becoming disgruntled in society and ultimately become terrorists. To them, it's part of the enlargement of their evil ideological commitments to keep it going and raise children who will become terrorists."
Akande says Boko Haram members have no conscience and use Nigerian women as nothing more than breeders to produce future Islamic terrorists.
"It's a very precarious situation to have somebody raped,” Akande noted. “Many people can't decide how they're going to raise that kind of a child. You look at the child and then you remember the evil that was done to you, so they were hoping that these children who would be raised [out] of these very nefarious pregnancies — not that anything is wrong with the children — but their plan and their strategy is to raise children that will continue their [evil]."
Road to recovery
Following the Nigerian military’s raids in the end of April that freed nearly 300 females from captivity, they traveled three days before reaching a refugee camp, where UNFPA counseled the traumatized women in order to help them transition back to their prior lives.
“The U.N. agency is said to be providing aid in the form of donated food supplies, reproductive health kits and dignity kits to assist with childbirth at the Malkohi camp outside the city of Yola,” The Christian Post’s Benge Nsenduluka reported. “In the last year, UNFPA has taken deliveries of over 16,000 pregnancies in northeast Nigeria, although it is unclear whether they are all related to the terrorist group.”
UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin said the women’s horrendous treatment was nothing short of barbaric and sadistic in nature.
"Boko Haram were cruel to them," Osotimehin told The Daily Mail. "They were denied food and denied sleep. They were used almost as slaves. They were forced to cook for the Boko Haram fighters and look after them. Sometimes they were used as sex slaves. At least 214 have been made pregnant and there are stories of rape."
Despite the hundreds of women and girls rescued in recent weeks, none of the 276 young women students abducted a year ago from nearby Chibok, Borno, were found with the other captives in the Sambisa forest. A global campaign called “Bring Back Our Girls” launched last spring to safely bring the students back. It has not yet panned out any results.
"One year of captivity is a long time for anyone to bear," Osotimehin commented. "It has been a year full of unimaginable suffering and anguish, not just for the girls, their families and their communities, but also for the world at large. It is time for the girls and all other abductees to resume their lives in peace. It is time for this nightmare to come to an end."
Killing thousands of Nigerians — mostly Christians — in northeastern Nigeria, Boko Haram, which is reportedly the second most deadliest terrorist organization next to the Taliban, has wrought havoc on the area in the name of jihad for nearly six years in an attempt to enforce Shariah law over the region.