One of the 276 Nigerian girls kidnapped by Boko Haram seven years ago returns to her family

This is not a typical scene. Boko Haram wives, like her, rarely return to their families, because are marked by stigma and when they return they feel rejection by their neighbors.

This woman was kidnapped as a child seven years ago along with 276 other schoolmates. Today, along with the two children she had during her captivity, she is reunited with her mother after being released by the Nigerian Army.

There are thousands of girls like her, kidnapped in the jihadist camps. Girls raped every day, for months because the mass kidnappings in northern Nigeria have never stopped.

The last rapture occurred last month when about a thousand students were kidnapped from a boarding school in Kaduna state. This was the 10th mass kidnapping since December 2020.

The only response from the authorities to stopping these attacks is closing schools, about 600 in northern Nigeria alone. A situation that encourages child marriage and the pregnancy of girls and adolescents in a country where abortion is illegal except when the life of the mother is in danger.

Boko Haram’s wives, like her, are double part victimsBecause when they manage to escape from hell and think that they can return to safety, they find that they are rejected, insulted or even expelled in their communities.

To this day, no one has been arrested or convicted for the kidnapping of those 276 girls more than seven years ago: 112 of them are still missing.


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