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214 Girls Rescued From Boko Haram Are Pregnant

Roughly 214 of the women rescued from Boko Haram militants last week are pregnant.

The Nigerian military said it freed close to 700 women during the mission.

“Already, many of them are undergoing screening for various diseases, infections including HIV/AIDS and about 214 of those already screened were discovered to be at various stages of pregnancies, some visibly pregnant and some just tested pregnant,” UN Population Fund Nigeria (UNFPA) Executive Director Babatunde Oshotimehim said. “But we are supporting all of them with various levels of care to stabilize them”

Oshotimehim also said that some of the children that were freed along with the women were born in the forest and had never seen anything beyond that until their release by the Nigerian army. He added that the UNFPA has also been providing psychological counseling to the women and children.

Boko Haram made international headlines after abducting more than 200 schoolgirls from the village of Chibok in April 2014. The kidnapping sparked worldwide protests and online campaigns that demanded that we #BringBackOurGirls.

The militants have killed more than 13,000 people over the past six years in an effort to establish an Islamic state in the region.

So far, the 200 girls who were abducted from Chibok remain missing.