Women freed from Boko Haram rejected for bringing ‘bad blood’ back home

Women and girls freed from Boko Haram face discrimination and rejection by their families and communities when they return home and need better support from the Nigerian government and NGOs, according to a new report.

As the military gain ground from the Islamic militant group, more women and girls, who have been subjected to sexual violence, are being released.

But when they get home, they are viewed with mistrust and suspicion, and do not receive adequate support to help them cope with the trauma of what they’ve experienced, according to the report, Bad blood: perceptions of children born of conflict-related sexual violence and women and girls associated with Boko Haram in north-east Nigeria, published on Tuesday by International Alert and the UN children’s fund, Unicef.