Boko Haram Raping Women, Enslaving People in Baga — Escapee

January 24, 2015 4:00 pm

A woman who escaped from Baga, a town in Borno State that recently fell
under the control of Islamist terrorists , has told the BBC
that the insurgent fighters are indiscriminately raping girls and
middle-aged women trapped in the besieged town.

Boko Haram militants overran Baga after sacking a multi-national
military base that had the task of defending the town. It is believed
that the Islamist fighters may have killed as many as 2000 residents.

In one of the most intimate and chilling accounts of the state of
affairs in the captured town, the escaped woman told a BBC Hausa service
in Maiduguri, that Boko Haram fighters were engaged in incessant acts
of rape. She also disclosed that the violent militants had instituted
corporal punishment of residents as well as the enslavement of some of
their victims.
The woman revealed that the militants were forcing women to partake in
the burial of corpses that littered the town in the wake of the
onslaught against it. In addition, the Boko Haram fighters were looting
abandoned homes and shops in search of food.

“The Boko Haram fighters are controlling Baga, Doron Baga, Mile 3 and
Mile 4. They are raping our daughters and punishing our people,” the
woman said. She added: “They broke shops and hauled away foodstuff. They
are burning houses. They don’t allow women to come out of the houses
that are left. And they are forcing women to carry out burials.’’
The escapee also stated that the fighters preach Islamic tenets each morning and evening.

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