Over one million women displaced by Boko Haram insurgency, report reveals

Over one million women displaced by Boko Haram insurgency, report reveals

A Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), the Center for Reproductive Rights and Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP) on Saturday, November 28, revealed at least 1.17 million women have been displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency and other social strifes in the country.

LEDAP further stated that out of these displaced women by Boko Haram, 510, 555 are girls of reproductive age.

There are currently 2.2 million Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Nigeria.

In the report titled: “The Conflict in North-East Nigeria and Its Impact on the Sexual and Reproductive Rights of Women and Girls,” LEDAP noted that sexual exploitation, HIV transmissions, inadequate access to sexual and reproductive health services, maternal deaths, and injuries were among the impacts of the conflict on women and girls.

It added that demands for transactional sex to access food and non-food items are commonplace, while inadequate assistance to the IDPs in host communities and camps had largely exacerbated the violations.

LEDAP also discovered grave challenges that continued to take an unbearable toll on women and girls in conflict zones controlled by Boko Haram.

It further listed inadequate access to sexual reproductive health services; including contraceptives, which lead to unintended pregnancies; and unsafe abortion as few examples.

The Senior Counsel for Africa, Center for Reproductive Rights, Onyema Afulukwe, who spoke on the matter, decried the abuse of women in conflict zones.

He said: “Sadly, women and girls who have experienced reproductive health and rights violations; due to the conflict have no meaningful access to justice because of weak accountability mechanisms in conflict zones.

“Although human rights protections are guaranteed by national, regional, and international laws in which Nigeria is a signatory; the government must now prioritize legal and institutional mechanisms for addressing these violations.”

Meanwhile, Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, on Friday, November 28, revealed the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) wants all members of the opposition political parties in the South-East to join the party.

Uzodinma made this disclosure during a press briefing; after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

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According to the governor, the idea is to have all politicians in the South-East in APC.

Uzodinma said: “Everybody that is not in the APC now in the South East is a target.

“It is not only governors. It includes those who are not governors; the entire political class.

“The whole idea is making the ideology of the party known to the people; allaying their fears; and encouraging them to come.”

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