“My Uncle Who Is A Boko Haram Member Raped Me” – Teenager Recounts

A teenager who was raped by her uncle, a member of Boko Haram terrorist group, has narrated the negative impact of the horrific incident.

She explained that the incident occurred after Boko Haram members attacked her village, killed all the men and took the women into exile. Her uncle was amongst the members and he told her she had become her property, raping her before he was even killed following a disagreement with other members.

Speaking to BBC yesterday, June 19 (a day set aside annually by the United Nations to address sexual violence), she said;

“The incident happened on a Tuesday as Boko Haram entered our town, killed all the men, burnt all our houses and took those of us that are women along.

“My uncle, who is also a Boko Haram member, then told me to stand up and follow him, that I had become his property. He started raping me since that day.

“He was, however, killed after some time following disagreement between him and other Boko Haram members. I was married off to another member of the sect.”

She also recounted the stigma she faced alongside other girls when they arrived the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Bama.

She added;

“Anywhere we go to, people do stigmatise us as wives of Boko Haram members as if it’s our fault. Personally, l can’t forgive Boko Haram for life because of what they did to me.

“My dream in life is to complete my education and become a soldier, then fly a plane and bomb every Boko Haram member. I’ll like to see them (Boko Haram) end in Nigeria.”

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