La vita dei rifugiati liberati in Niger

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Fifteen-year-old Nigerian Boussam and her two-year-old daughter safe in Niger’s Sayam Forage refugee camp. She had been kidnapped at the age of 13 by Boko Haram insurgents from her Nigerian hometown but was subsequently freed by Nigerian and Chadian soldiers.
“They did not hurt us physically, but they frightened us. The wanted us to convert to their type of ideology, and to take husbands from Boko Haram. When we refused, they would scare us by shooting in the air. They once brought a mentally-ill man to the room where they kept us. He was in chains. They shot him in front of us. They then brought another man and did the same thing. They executed them and threw their bodies near the river outside the house. They said we would die too if we didn’t do what they said. Me, I would rather to have died. I already have a husband and two children. I would not take another husband. But as the time went by I began to lose hope for me and my daughters. I thought that we would die there.” ; UNHCR relocated some 1,000 Nigerian refugees in May 2016 from two settlements located along Route Nationale 1 to the refugee camp, mainly due to the degradation of the security situation in the area. As off May 2016, Niger was hosting some 241,000 people who have been displaced by Boko Haram’s violence since 2013 and are now living in the Diffa region. Over all, 2.7 million people – refugees, IDPs, returnees – have been displaced across northeastern Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, and Niger since 2013 due to Boko Haram attacks.

“Il primo giorno in Libia l’hanno presa a botte con un tubo di ferro. I carcerieri libici frustano gli uomini, se non pagano il riscatto: vogliono lasciargli i segni dei tagli sulla pelle come un marchio. Le donne invece le picchiano con dei tubi di ferro in modo da far rimanere solo degli ematomi. “Ci hanno chiesto ventimila dollari per liberarci, diecimila dollari ciascuno. Soldi che non avevamo. Questo è successo il primo giorno in cui siamo arrivati in Libia dal Sudan”.

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