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Undercovered: The Suffering Doesn’t End After Escaping Boko Haram

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With millions displaced in a region wracked by conflict, the suffering continues for many women and girls who escape captivity from Boko Haram.

“Many of these people were kidnapped and, while in captivity, they experienced various types of violence,” Esther Balami a protection officer for Mercy Corps said in an interview with Women & Girls Hub.

“A lot of them were raped and forced to do things they didn’t want to do. You see the way they are interacting with each other, and you can see there is a need for psychosocial services. It’s very inadequate. In Southern Borno, there is only one general hospital that provides comprehensive services to survivors of gender-based violence. This has discouraged many from speaking out or seeking this care.”

You can read the complete interview here.

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