Nigerian officials accused of sexually exploiting Boko Haram victims living in camps.

Nigerian officials have been accused of sexually exploiting women and girls living in camps for victims of militant Islamist group Boko Haram in the country’s north-east, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW).   

Forty-three women and girls were sexually abused in seven camps in Maiduguri city, the headquarters of military operations against Boko Haram, by officials guarding the camps, the campaign group said in a new report. (BBC)

Women cook in pots heated up with firewood at an Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp at Dikwa in Borno State, north-eastern Nigeria, on February 2, 2016. © 2016 Getty Images
Women cook in pots heated up with firewood at an Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp at Dikwa in Borno State, north-eastern Nigeria, on February 2, 2016.
© 2016 Getty Images

The government hasn’t commented on the allegations yet.

Mausi Segun, a senior Nigeria researcher at HRW, said: 

“It is disgraceful and outrageous that people who should protect these women and girls are attacking and abusing them.”

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