An Amnesty International investigation has exposed sexual violence against children and women by security agents and inmates at two high-security prison facilities in Borno State, Nigeria. The harrowing violations took place at Maiduguri Maximum Security Prison and Giwa Barracks, where thousands of civilians arrested due to claimed links to the Boko Haram armed group are being held. An Amnesty International research team visited Maiduguri earlier this month to investigate claims made by inmate Charles Okah — first documented by Sahara Reporters — that children were being abused and unlawfully detained in Maiduguri Prison. Okah alleged that three children detained on death row in Maiduguri were among the many victims of sexual abuse. Amnesty International has obtained court documents confirming that at least 68 children are being held in Maiduguri Prison.
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Nigeria: Children and women face sexual violence in Borno prisons
Related to this, links were found between gender and livelihoods, especially negative livelihood strategies, with internally displaced persons and host community members having to resort to increasingly risky activities to meet their basic needs, OCHA said. Assistance delivery outside of Maiduguri and its surrounding areas is sporadic at best, and female-headed households are more likely to be food insecure, according to OCHA. In addition, an increasing number of women and girls in newly accessible areas of Borno State have resorted to high-risk coping strategies like transactional sex in exchange for money or food in order to feed their families. Women and girls in the camps of Maiduguri are also increasingly resorting to survival sex, most notably in relation to food distribution within the camps or in order to secure permission to leave the camps that restrict the movement of internally displaced people, OCHA noted.
He told me the child wasn't his and didn't offer me any support," said Yagana. We meet the year-old in a small Red Cross outpost in one of Maiduguri's sprawling camps for people made homeless by conflict. She is broad-shouldered and exudes an air of confidence. Yagana's story begins in when armed groups attacked her town in north-east Nigeria.