Screen Shot 2015-05-06 at 12.27.39 PM214 women and girls rescued from Islamist Boko Haram militants Nigeria are pregnant, according to the Chief of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). The Nigerian military said it freed nearly 700 women last week.

“Already, many of them are undergoing screening for various diseases, infections including HIV/AIDS and about 214 of those already screened were discovered to be at various stages of pregnancies, some visibly pregnant and some just tested pregnant; but we are supporting all of them with various levels of care to stabilize them,” said UNFPA Nigeria executive director Babatunde Oshotimehin.

“Some of the children that were freed along with the women, it was discovered, were born in the forest and had never been out in the open until their release by the Nigeria

The UNFPA has also been providing psychological counseling to the women and children because “…women and girls have specific needs that nobody else looks after.”

“What we found is that some of the women and girls that have come back actually have much more in terms of the stress they have faced, so the counseling has to be more intense and working with them one-on-one,” he added.

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  • Anthony

    The terrorists are also rapists. I cannot say I am surprised. The real question is how will they be treated upon returning home to some pretty conservative and patriarchal cultures?

    • AfroCapricornette

      They are being treated with compassion. They are undergoing psychological/trauma counselling in addition to physical treatments. Only question is whether they choose to keep these pregnancies. Contrary to what the West thinks re conservative culture, most people are in favour of termination in this case. Others of course, cite the innocence of the foetus.

    • Anthony

      Abortion is not really that controversial among conservatives as long as it is kept quiet and accessible only to people with money in the West. For years, people who have talked about the sanctity of life in public, have sent their daughters off to doctors who terminated pregnancies on the side.

      I am glad these women and girls are being treated well. They certainly deserve no less.

    • AfroCapricornette

      Yes, they are. Heart-breaking to hear their ordeal. I can’t even listen to most of them. They mention that their abductors actually stoned some of the Chibok girls (the ones kidnapped from their school hostel last year) so they would not be found. Heart-breaking!

  • CoolChic

    I am not surprised.

  • Me

    the best part of this story: “The UNFPA has also been providing psychological counseling to the women and children because “…women and girls have specific needs that nobody else looks after.””
    it’s easy to give them medical attention & send them on their way, but the mental scars could be permanent if they’re not treated so i’m glad they’re not just going to be forgotten & left to sort through their memories & nightmares on their own.

  • The barbarism of Boko Haram is truly revolting. They have killed people and raped females. The rescued girls and women should continue to receive care, counseling, and other forms of legitimate assistance. They need solidarity, support, and true respect.

  • She_Wolf

    I think that men who commit these heinous war crimes of rape and assault (both physical and mental) and maybe just rapists in general should all be castrated as apart of their sentencing. Also I am truly pleased that UNFPA are providing mental health services.