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Human Rights Watch accuses security agents of raping and sexually exploiting female IDP’s

The Human Rights Watch, HRW has said that government officials especially security agents have raped and sexually exploited women and girls displaced by the conflict with Boko Haram.

The rights group in a statement said that the government was not doing enough to protect displaced women and girls and ensure that they have access to basic rights and services or to sanction the abusers, who include camp leaders, vigilante groups, policemen, and soldiers.

The victims had been displaced from several Borno towns and villages, including Abadam, Bama, Baga, Damasak, Dikwa, Gamboru Ngala, Gwoza, Kukawa, and Walassa.

The organization said that in July this year, it documented sexual abuse, including rape and exploitation of forty three women and girls living in seven IDP camps in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital.

The report said that four of the victims said that they were drugged and raped, while 37 were coerced into sex through false marriage promises and material and financial assistance.

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