Crimes by Nigerian Soldiers: Sexual Harassment, Rape and Female Genital Mutilation of Girls and Women During 2015 Zaria Massacre

The men and officers of the Nigerian army had carried out some grievous crimes against humanity in Zaria between 12th December 2015 and 14th December 2015, targeting members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, especially women and young girls. These crimes include, but not limited to, rape, sexual harassment, and genital mutilation. We review some of the most outstanding and notorious cases:

Rape:

Witnesses reported that young girls were raped and shot, especially in Hussainiyyah and Darul Rahama. There were reports of other types of sexual assault. Many young girls had their veils forcibly removed. The Sisters forum of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria had addressed a press conference over this much earlier. Witnesses abound.

 

Genital mutilation with a view to preventing further reproduction of the group:

One of the worst crimes committed by Nigerian soldiers against members of the Islamic Movement was a pattern of deliberate attacks and mutilation of the reproductive areas of, especially women and girls.

For instance, the women who were shot had their pelvic regions of the body particularly targeted. Others had their breasts specifically cut off. Worst of all, soldiers verbally abused them as they carried out these crimes against humanity. According to the soldiers, even if these girls and women survived, they would not live to deliver more Shiites!

Pregnant women had their bellies reaped open and their unborn fetuses killed.

It was obvious that they wanted outrightly to prevent further reproduction within the group.

Sisters suffered the most:

By our meticulous headcount, girls and women were at the receiving end of this genocide. Apart from being the direct victims, many of them were widowed and survivors among them also had several orphans to take care of. Some of the women lost between one and seven children and including their husbands.

It was established that at least 297 women were killed in the genocide by the Nigerian soldiers within the first three days of the attacks. Twenty-three (23) pregnant women were killed with their fetuses. Similarly, 193 other children were killed and 39 families have been completely wiped out the surface of the earth.

A sister bares it all:

One of the surviving victims who lost children in the genocide and is herself still nursing injuries she sustained from the heinous attack tells her ordeal:

 

We await justice as the World watches. It is actually long overdue for the Nigerian authorities to come out clean, about what happened in Zaria between December 12 – 14, 2015.

 

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