The United Nations said on Monday at least 214 young women and girls recently rescued from the Takfiri, a Boko Haram stronghold, are pregnant.
Following the recent rescue operation by the Nigerian army, aided by troops from neighbouring countries, 214 out of 342 rescued girls are visibly pregnant, according to UN reports. “About 214 of those already screened were discovered to be at various stages of pregnancies; some visibly pregnant and some just tested pregnant. But we are supporting all of them with various levels of care to stabilise them," said the UNFPA’s executive director, BabatundeOsotimehin.
Some of the childrenrescuedalong with the women were born in the forest and had never seen light until they were rescued.
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16,000 pregnancies in one year
While the rescued settles in at the IDP camps in Borno State, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) is stepping in to offer prenatal and psychological care to pregnant women. Most of the recently rescued are going for medical check-ups and screening for various diseases and infections, still according to BabatundeOsotimehin.
He also revealedthat over 16,000 Boko Haram kidnapping pregnancy cases have been confirmed. Survivors require psychological and health support. The UNFPA provides the survivors with prenatal, postnatal and psychological assistance.
“Women and girls have specific needs that nobody else looks after. Only the UNFPA is doing this. We are giving psychosocial counselling," Babatunde said in a statement.
Experts confirmed that psychological support is key to helping victims of repeated rape resulting in unwanted pregnancy.
Nightmare came to an end
BintaAbdullahi, who was kidnapped more than a year ago, told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation she was spared from getting married to a Boko Haram member. She had been threatened she would be sold as a slave if she refused to marry him after giving birth. “They said since we would not marry them, they would sell us as slaves at the right time,” she said. “Fortunately, I was rescued a day after giving birth. I thank God…”
Boko Haram’s violence has so far left about 15,000 people dead and about 1,500,000 displaced.
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