Gist: SHOULD THE GIRLS IMPREGNATED BY BOKO HARAM KEEP THE PREGNANCY?  (Read 1392 times)

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Sometime ago, we read in the news that over TWO HUNDRED (200) girls were rescued in the Sambisa forest in Borno State and that all of those girls were raped and impregnated by Boko Haram.

The girls narrated their unsettling encounter on how they DO NOT even know who the father of their babies are amongst the lot because the Boko Haram boys took turns in sleeping with them EVERY NIGHT. So it literally could be any one of them.

Such a pitiable dismay that was as most of the girls were still in secondary school and below the age of eighteen. And to have experienced rape at such an extreme level is unfathomable.


I must commend each and every one of them for not even conceiving the unthinkable which would be to end what might be called a miserable life. After suffering such tragedy, who would actually blame them for harboring such thoughts?

Moving forward after their discovery, there was a debate on what should be done about their pregnancy. Over 200 girls were in expectancy for these grisly, antagonizing, and insurgent Boko Haram boys and a lot of individuals, religious and non-religious bodies had an opinion of what should become of the yet to be born “Boko Haram” offspring.

Organizations like United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) donated delivery kits to the pregnant girls and also offered psychological counseling to them. Even His Holiness, Pope Francis persuaded the Nigerian government not to foster abortion of the numerous and unwanted pregnancies.

As for me, all I would say is that morally and religiously speaking, they HAVE TO keep the pregnancy but I am not going to deny that the other option makes a good argument. Let me visit some of those arguments one after the other.

Firstly, let us all remember that as at the time these girls were abducted, their homes were also raided by the same Boko Haram and most of their families were killed. Basically, now that they are free, they literally have nowhere to go. No husband, no mother, no father and no relative.

So the big question is: Who will cater for these women before and after their baby is born?

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http://alocovivavoce.com/2015/11/04/should-the-girls-impregnated-by-boko-haram-keep-the-pregnancy/


 

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