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Women to the Rescue

Nigeria may have more international criminal violations on its hands than just those actions of the Boko Haram extremist group. The Human Rights Watch group released a report last week that several women in Borno have been sexually assaulted and mistreated by security officers in the camps, where these women fled to escape the Boko Haram insurgency. Boko Haram has been accused of the forced displacements of thousands of people from their homes, as well as thousands of deaths and abductions. In response to the sexual assault allegations, the Nigerian state nigerian2barmypolice deployed 100 female officers to serve as security guards in the Borno camps, in the effort to better protect the women. President Buhari and other Nigerian officials called for the immediate investigation of such allegations. Nigeria is under preliminary investigations by the ICC for actions between Boko Haram and Nigerian Security officials.



One response to “Women to the Rescue

  1. kmira471 November 10, 2016 at 11:21 am

    The deployment of female officers in the Borno camps is a beneficial advancement towards combatting sexual violence against female Boko Haram refugees. The news of sexual abuses in these “safe havens” is disturbing because these women put their trust in the officers to protect them. Who can they trust to keep them safe in these dangerous conditions if the security personnel are attacking them as well? It is important that the president, Muhammadu Buhari has expressed concern about the Human Rights Watch report and in response has ordered investigations into the abuse. I believe that this official acknowledgement and action is noteworthy because usually, women who are victims of sexual abuses in developing countries like Nigeria do not receive adequate attention or preventative response measures from the government. These women already have a lot of hardships to face as a result of the killings and displacement caused by Boko Haram; they do not need to add another fear factor into their lives. Also, I like how this is moving towards the legitimate empowerment of women in military/security positions.

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