Boko Haram raped hundreds of women and girls they captured

Girls rescued by Nigerian soldiers from Islamist militants Boko Haram at Sambisa Forest sit at the Malkohi refugee camp in Yola on May 5, 2015. EMMANUEL AREWA/AFP/Getty Images

A grueling New York Times piece sheds light on the horrible ordeal suffered by women and girls captured by the Nigerian militant group Boko Haram. In interviews, women described how hundreds of them have been raped, often repeatedly, in what officials and relief workers say is “a deliberate strategy to dominate rural residents and possibly even create a new generation of Islamist militants in Nigeria.” The radical Islamist sect has long targeted women, rounding them up as they conquer towns and villages, and has explicitly promised to treat women as personal possessions. The women interview went on to detail having been forced into a “marriage” or being locked up in houses and raped at the will of the militants, often with the explicit intention of impregnating them. Now that the group is on the retreat and losing control of towns, the full extent of the horror is becoming more clear: Hundreds of women and girls as young as 11 are subjected to systematic, organized sexual violence.

Read the full story at The New York Times.

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