How Boko Haram forced many Nigerian mothers, children into prostitution revealed

-The International Committee of the Red Cross has revealed how Nigerian mothers and their children have been forced into prostitution as a result of Boko Haram Insurgency

– ICRC also claimed that over 2.4million people have been displaced across the swamp lands of Lake Chad, where the borders of Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon and Niger meet

– According to Simon Brooks, head of ICRC’s delegation in Cameroon, some women practically live on nothing except what they could get with their bodies

Mothers, children forced into prostitution to survive because of Boko Haram insurgency says ICRC

A mother who has just arrived at Maiduguri after fleeing her home feeds her child. Photo credit: ICRC

In order to make ends meet, women and their children in the Lake Chad Basin have been driven into prostitution according to International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

Reports have it that ICRC made this known on Thursday, January 6 while explaining the effects of Boko Haram insurgency on millions of Nigerians driven from their homes and families.

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According to ICRC, over 2.4 million people have been displaced across the swamp lands of Lake Chad, where the borders of Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon and Niger meet.

Simon Brooks, who is the head of ICRC’s delegation in Cameroon said: “It’s extraordinary to see a woman and her family and they have nothing other than what they have been given.”

“The children are clearly malnourished and it’s just hopeless,” he added.

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Brook who also spoke on how some mothers were now into prostitution to make ends meet and cater for their family needs said: “When you don’t have the means to survive, you’ll go begging for it.

“It’s a loss of dignity when you’re having to resort to something like that just to keep your children alive – fraternising with people who have money.”

Meanwhile, there was indication yesterday, January 6 that Nigerian Army have rescued another one of the more than 200 Chibok schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram insurgents in 2014.

Reports claim that the name of the rescued girl was Rakiya Abubakar and she was carrying baby that appears to be hers.