Girls, women rescued from Boko Haram confront trauma and stigma

Global News

WATCH ABOVE: The terrorists group Boko Haram appear to be on the retreat, and as they pull-back, more and more victims are being rescued. Aarti Pole reports.

YOLA, Nigeria – The taunts wouldn’t stop. “Boko Haram wives,” the schoolgirls were called because they had been briefly held by Nigeria’s Islamic extremists before escaping. The teasing was so relentless that some of the Chibok girls left their town and families.

Their plight does not bode well for hundreds of girls and women recently rescued from months of captivity by Boko Haram, including dozens who are pregnant. After enduring captivity by the militants, the females may now face stigma from their communities.

READ MORE: Nigerian girls, women stoned to death by Boko Haram as rescuers neared

“The most important thing is to restore their dignity,” the executive director of the United Nations Population Fund, Babatunde Osotimehin, told The Associated Press in a…

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