Child predators in Nigeria: a national security issue.

In honor of the International Women’s Day that passed on March 8th. I didn’t feel a link would do it justice.

Nwamaka Ogbonna

On Sunday 28th Feburary 2016, Punch Newspaper broke the news of Ese Oruru; a 14 year old girl who was abducted from her home in Bayelsa in August 2015 and taken to Kano by a 22 year old boy named Yinusa. Her mother, a petty trader, had tried to no avail to secure her release. It wasn’t until the story leaked to the media and civil society that  she was released to her parents on Tuesday March 1st.

Unfortunately the poor girl had been forcefully converted to Islam and was already 5 months pregnant. Now her education would have to be interrupted, at least till she has her baby. Most likely (although I hope not), she may join the burgeoning number of young girls in Nigeria suffering from Vesico Vaginal Fistula (VVF); by the way Nigeria has the highest prevalence of VVF in the whole world.She would also have to deal with…

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4 thoughts on “Child predators in Nigeria: a national security issue.

  1. The thought of kidnap, rape, incest does something to me. sets off some rage in me I never knew existed. Now she was forcefully converted to Islam. At 14, she’s faced and forced to be a mother, she’s still a baby herself. its so sad and sickening. Lord help us all.
    Don’t You Just Hate It When…

    1. Grace, I can’t tell you how many nights i fall asleep with tears on my cheeks thinking about stuff like this. I can’t count them.
      I pray for her though. That she receives courage to bear the pain, the shame and the stigma. That everyone in this situation gets delivered from it and that their lives get easier.

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