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Nigerian soldiers raped us – IDPs confirm Amnesty International report

Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Borno have confirmed the recent report made by the Amnesty International on rape, abuse and violation of women’s right in camps.

This was contained in statement issued via the Twitter handle of a group called Knifar, a movement of displaced women from northeast Nigeria.

The group is led by Hajiya Hamsatu Allamin, a rights activist.

Knifar stated that the IDPs were forced by Nigerian Soldiers to deny being raped and abused by them.

The group, however, is calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to send an independent investigative panel to find out the true situation of things in the camps.

The statement reads thus: “The military came to Dalori with journalists to ask us displaced women if we were raped. Before the visit, the women were told to say everything is fine, that there are no issues. Is this the way our complaints are handled?

“One of our members was there. She has a 18 month old son, fathered by a soldier. Too scared and intimidated to speak, she said nothing. No one spoke. Why are we forced to be exposed in such a way?

“It happened to us. It is real. And we formed our group to allow women to get accountability. We have said it before. We are ready to speak but we cannot imagine this is the way to do this.

“We are pleading again with @NGRPresident to hear our cries and investigate the soldiers who raped us when we were in Bama. Our children died because there was not enough food. Unless we had sex with soldiers.

“We have said it before: we are ready to speak to any investigation team the @NGRPresident sends to us. We only ask it will not be led by soldiers as they are also the ones who abused our women.”

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