Girls and boys abducted by the Boko Haram, including Christian girls, have been forced to covert to Islam and also forced them into marrying members of the group, along with other female abductees, a report by Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict noted yesterday.
Watchlist is an international network of human rights and humanitarian non-government organization to end violations against children in armed conflict, also accused the federal government and other international bodies of being slow, fragmented and unable to meet the fast growing needs of those affected.
“Boko Haram abducted these girls and young women from schools and markets, and during raids on villages in areas across Borno State since at least December 2012. Some members of the group raped girls and young women in the camps. None of the girls and women who escaped, and were interviewed by Watchlist, had access to counseling and other health services”, the group noted.