Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


410 births reported in Boko Haram displacement camps

01 December 2015, 19:05

Abuja - 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, the country's main relief agency said on Tuesday.

"Over 410 births were recorded between August and September" in the camps in Borno and Adamawa state, said the head of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Muhammad Sani Sidi.

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.

Boko Haram's fight to create a hardline Islamic state in northeast Nigeria, which began in 2009, has killed at least 17,000 people and made more than 2.6 million others homeless.

Some 10 percent of the 2.0 million or so Nigerians internally displaced by the conflict now live in government-run camps, according to the International Organization for Migration.

In recent months, the camps have also accommodated hundreds of women and children kidnapped by the insurgents and rescued by the military during its counter-offensive.

A statement from Borno state governor Kashim Shettima in May said the rebels "deliberately rape 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, told AFP 10 to 15 women were in the early to mid-stages of pregnancy.

Pregnancy tests were also given as part of medical screening for women among the 275 people rescued from Boko Haram's Sambisa Forest stronghold earlier that month.

NEMA's Sidi, however, made no reference as to whether the births in September and October were from women kidnapped by Boko Haram and forced into marriage with Islamist fighters.

The agency's spokesman, Manzo Ezekiel, also declined to comment, saying how the women became pregnant was not their focus. "We just help them deliver," he told AFP by telephone from Maiduguri.

"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.

No other figures were available on births in the camps, he said.

For the latest on national news, politics, sport, entertainment and more follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page!



Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Eugene Odanga
WATCH: Kaka Sungura arrested in t...

Was Kaka Sungura arrested in town?

Submitted by
Victor Tinto
Confused Jubilee afraid of me, Ki...

The Jubilee Party is afraid of me, Evans Kidero says. Read more...

Submitted by
Victor Tinto
Sonko ready for Peter Kenneth bat...

Nairobi Senator Mike Mbuvi Sonko says that he is ready to take on Peter Kenneth in Nairobi Gubernatorial nominations come 2017. Read more...

Submitted by
Victor Tinto
Uhuru wants change in Constitutio...

The Jubilee Coalition is planning to change the Constitution and add President Uhuru Kenyatta another term, Kalonzo Musyoka claims. Read more...

Submitted by
William Korir
CORD to stop Jubilee efforts to r...

The CORD Coalition will not allow plans to remove Kenya from the Rome Statutes take place, it has said. Read more...

Submitted by
William Korir
How long will it take Kenya to le...

Kenya is looking to leave the ICC. But what is the process behind the exit? Read more...