Nigeria: Army exchanges sex for food for Boko Haram victims
Amnesty International’s report released on Thursday is damning for the Nigerian army and Nigeria’s armed militia.
The report reveals, with over 250 interviews, the testimony of women raped by soldiers in exchange for food, and several other hunger deaths in IDP camps. The camps are located in Borno State, Bama, Banki, Rann and Dikwa.
“You saw a soldier with food in his hand and he said,” if you love me, take this food.” Then, they added, “Come with us,” we thought of our children crying for food. If you accepted the food, they came back to have sex with you, and if you refused, they raped you by force,” says a victim.
The critical level of food shortage has resulted in the deaths of several thousand displaced people. The NGO however denounces the impunity enjoyed by the perpetrators of such acts.
On the other hand, the Nigerian government accuses the NGO Amnesty International of wanting to destabilize the country.