Girls Rescued From Boko Haram Are Traumatised - Military

Published On: April 30, 2015, 6:57 am (5 years ago)
Author: Mister Jay Wonder
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Nigeria’s military has said that the 200 girls and 93 women rescued from Boko Haram extremists in the Sambisa Forest are traumatised. The military is moving them to a new location. Army spokesman, Col. Sani Usman, told AP that many of the rescued females are traumatised. Usman said the military is flying in medical and intelligence teams to establish their psychological and physical health. He said they started evacuating the females from the Sambisa Forest on Tuesday but would not say to where.

Military operations continue in the forest where it was announced Tuesday the women and girls were rescued while troops were destroying four Boko Haram camps. An intelligence officer and a soldier said Boko Haram used some of the women as armed human shields, a first line of defence who fired at troops. They demanded anonymity because the issue is sensitive. Nearly 300 schoolgirls were kidnapped from Chibok by the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram in April 2014.

The militants took the schoolgirls in trucks into the Sambisa Forest. Dozens escaped on their own but 219 remain missing. The plight of the schoolgirls, who have become known as “the Chibok girls,” has garnered international attention and the #Bring- BackOurGirls campaign.

Their kidnapping brought Boko Haram to the attention of the world, arousing outrage and even U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama got engaged, tweeting a photograph of herself with the campaign sign. Meanwhile, Amnesty International has stated that the rescue is “an encouraging development but only a small step in securing the safety of the thousands of women and girls abducted by the armed group since 2014.” The organisation is also calling on the authorities to ensure that the trauma of those ‘rescued’ is not exacerbated by lengthy security screening in detention.

“This development is just cause for celebration and undoubtedly an immense relief to the women, girls and their families. But this is just the tip of the iceberg; there are thousands more women and girls, and men and boys who have been abducted by Boko Haram,” said Netsanet Belay, Africa Director, Research and Advocacy.













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