Six women and nine children have escaped after being abducted by Nigeria’s Boko Haram extremist rebels. They were abducted from their villages in two separate incidents, one in May 2021 and the other in October 2020. 

The Boko Haram has been targeting women and children for years. They have kidnapped 1,000 children since 2013. In 2016, 276 girls were kidnapped from a school, and 100 are still missing.

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A report on these kidnappings said, “Abducted women have been subjected to violence and abuse and used as spies, fighters, and suicide bombers. Women who have escaped or been released are not always welcomed back to their communities and those returning from captivity or involvement with armed groups do not have access to the training, counseling, and reintegration programs that target men.”

The Boko Haram extremists are a huge threat to Nigerian women and children. These fifteen individuals have undoubtedly suffered many horrors and will struggle to reintegrate into society. Sadly, there are so many others like them who are still suffering with their captors. 

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