214 Girls Kidnapped By Boko Haram Are Free Now -- And Pregnant
We may never know the fate of all 276 Nigerian girls who were kidnapped from their school in the dead of night, more than a year ago, but a group of recently rescued abductees -- held by the same captors -- may offer some chilling insight. That's because of the 234 young women freed by the Nigerian army, 214 of them are visibly pregnant.
Local media and unofficial reports said a number of those previously held hostage by the violent terrorist organization Boko Haram "appear to be" expecting now, according to the International Business Times. The militant group have abducted more than 2,000 women and girls since early 2014, but their attack on the school in the town of Chibok sparked global awareness and the widely circulated hashtag #BringBackOurGirls. (If you're reading this, it's more than likely you retweeted or posted those words of support.)
And while we now know that many female abductees are eventually forced into sexual slavery or combat by Boko Haram, experts believe the Chibok schoolgirls are likely dead -- there's apparently little hope that they're among the hostages remaining in the Sambisa Forest where the most recent rescue unfolded.
Still, even for those freed through the efforts of the Nigerian government, "freedom" seems relative given the high probability of lasting psychological scars. A woman named Asabe described her torment in disturbing detail to a reporter at a refugee camp.
"I was abducted six months ago in Delsak when our village was overrun by Boko Haram,” she recounted, speaking from a camp in Yola, Nigeria. "First I had traveled from my village to a forest close to Cameroon. They turned me into a sex machine. They took turns to sleep with me. Now, I am pregnant and I cannot identify the father."
Last month, exactly a year after the abduction of the Chibok schoolgirls, MTV News reached out to experts and activists, including Obiageli Ezekwesili, the former Federal Minister of Education and Vice President of the World Bank’s Africa division, who was among the first to issue poignant plea “Bring back our daughters.” We were in search of answers and we'll continue to cover this story.