Some of the women raped by members of Boko Haram insurgency have given birth to babes at the Internally Displaced Camps in Brn and Adamawa State.

A statement by the National Emergency Agency said that more than 410 babies were born in the space of two months in camps for people displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency in northeast Nigeria. 

Though the Head of NEMA Muhammad Sani Sidi could not say specifically how many of the women were carrying unwanted pregnancy before they gave birth between August and September in the camps, another statement confirmed that about 20 of them were impregnated by Boko Haram members.

A statement from Borno state governor Kashim Shettima in May said the rebels “deliberately raped women with the intention of getting them pregnant so they would give birth to future insurgents.

The same month, a retired midwife helping at the Malkohi camp outside the Adamawa state capital, Yola, said that 10 to 15 women were in the early to mid-stages of pregnancy.

In the same period, there were 187 marriages — 100 in camps in the Borno state capital, Maiduguri, and 87 in neighbouring Adamawa, he added in a statement.

In recent months, IDPs camps have accommodated hundreds of women and children kidnapped by the insurgents and rescued by the military during its counter-offensive against Islmaist sect Boko Haram.

 “We just help them deliver,” NEMA spokesman, Manzo Ezekiel said.
“The period of time these people were displaced is not more than one year. You can still assume the husbands were responsible for the pregnancy,” he added.