They were freed from Boko Haram; then tortured, raped & starved by Nigerian army – Amnesty International reports ( watch video)

In 2015, president Buhari created a military  joint task force  JTF  with the help of Chad, Cameroon, Niger republic and other neighboring countries to defeat Boko Haram. The combined effort of Nigerian Military and the JTF was a success. They rescued hostages and  reclaimed communities  under Boko Haram, it was supposed to be a happy ending…
War crimes: They may have been better off as captives.
According to Amnesty reports, The report says that members of the Nigerian military and a local vigilante group “separated women from their husbands. The men were beaten to death, killed and accused of being Boko Haram members. The women were put in detention camps and small cells.
Death by hunger and famine: People confined in the satellite camps faced an acute food shortage from early 2015 until mid-2016, when humanitarian assistance was increased.

At least hundreds, and possibly thousands, died in Bama Hospital camp alone during this time. Those interviewed consistently reported that 15 to 30 people died each day from hunger and sickness during these months. Satellite images, showing how the graveyard inside the camp expanded quickly during this time, confirm their testimonies. There were also daily deaths in other satellite camps such as those in Banki and Dikwa.

From June 2016, the UN and other humanitarian agencies scaled up assistance in the satellite camps. Despite this, many women reported continued barriers to accessing adequate food, exacerbated by restrictions on their ability to leave the camps.

A number of women who arrived in satellite camps in Dikwa town in mid-2017 have not received any food assistance since they arrived and described ongoing hunger, sickness and deaths within their camps.

Yanna (not her real name), who arrived in Dikwa in late-2017 and lived in Fulatari camp, told Amnesty International: “People are dying, [always there is a] burial, burial, burial. I was thinking maybe one day it will be my own.”  Even where government and international NGOs distribute food, large-scale corruption has prevented many people from accessing it.

Sex for food
In the report titled “They betrayed us it is alleged that five women said they were raped by soldiers in late 2015 and early 2016 in a displacement camp in Bama, Borno state. Ten women in the Bama camp told Amnesty they were forced to date security officials to get food. One woman said a member of the JTF vigilante group raped her after he brought her food, telling her: “I gave you these things, if you want them, we have to be husband and wife.”

In a 2016 report, another rights group, Human Rights Watch, said it had documented 43 cases of sexual violence against women by soldiers in displacement camps in northern Nigeria, forcing the Nigeria government to investigate

Women arrested for being Boko Haram’s wives: 

Amnesty International’s research further reveals that hundreds of women along with their children have been held in the notorious Giwa Barracks detention centre since 2015. While most have been released, an unknown number remain in military detention.

Many of those detained since 2015 had been victims of abductions or forced marriages by Boko Haram and were detained by the military for being so-called “Boko Haram wives” instead of being rescued.

Amnesty International received five reports about sexual violence in Giwa barracks, while seven women said they gave birth inside their dirty, overcrowded cells without any medical assistance. At least 32 babies and children, and five women, have died in detention since 2016.

As expected, The Nigerian government has denied all these allegations. but then what does Amnesty international stand to gain by peddling lies. 

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