Thousands of Pregnant Women Displaced by Boko Haram in Niger

ICC Note: In early June, Boko Haram led attacks in southeastern Niger, which displaced roughly 75,000 people, including 3,000 pregnant girls and women. These women are now in dire need of maternal care and assistance, having been removed from their homes and forced to walk long distances to escape the terrorists that attacked their villages. The United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA) is working on delivering the necessary supplies and medical care to these girls in order to ensure they are taken care of both during and after their pregnancies while they are away from their homes. Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram is notorious for attacking communities in both Nigeria and neighboring Niger, raping, killing, and abducting, targeting Christians in particular

 

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Niger (AllAfrica) – Tens of thousands of people have been forced to flee south-eastern Niger following an attack by Boko Haram militants in early June. UNFPA estimates some 3,000 pregnant girls and women are among the displaced, putting them in urgent need of antenatal, maternal and post-partum care.

Assaults on the town of Bosso from 3 to 5 June led to the mass movement of an estimated 75,000 people, including virtually the entire populations of Bosso and the nearby towns of Toumour and Yebi.

Several women gave birth in the bush during this mass movement,” reported Ms. Beyram, a Red Cross volunteer who is helping to deliver UNFPA supplies in the affected area.

Ms. Beyram is also one of those displaced. “We walked over 35 km,” she said. “Women and children have suffered a lot.”

Violence in the Bosso area has been rising in recent weeks, contributing to the estimated 240,000 people displaced in Diffa Region, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). “Before the latest attack on Bosso, one in every three inhabitants of the Diffa Region was forcibly displaced,” the agency said in a recent report.

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