- Title: Authorities seek families of men and boys rescued from Nigeria abuse school
- Date: 28th September 2019
- Summary: KADUNA, NIGERIA (SEPTEMBER 28, 2019) (REUTERS) CHILDREN IN ROOM SITTING ON MATTRESSES YOUNG BOY EATING VARIOUS OF YOUNG BOY KNEELING AND EATING/ BACK INJURIES SEEN IN DETAIL (SOUNDBITE) (English) STATE COMMISSIONER OF HUMAN SERVICES AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT, HAFSAT MOHAMMED BABA, SAYING: ''Yesterday when I came one was vomiting blood so it is really critical, one could not even stand and then there are some few that we need to also take to the psychiatric ward to ascertain the level of illness.'' VARIOUS OF BOY STANDING AND DISPLAYING INJURY ON NECK BONE VARIOUS RESCUED BOYS SITTING ON FLOOR IN ROOM (SOUNDBITE) (English) STATE COMMISSIONER OF HUMAN SERVICES AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT, HAFSAT MOHAMMED BABA, SAYING: ''The official headcount is 190. Seventy-seven of them are children, 113 are adults, that is confirmed because we took the headcount by my ministry.'' POLICE OFFICERS AND OTHER OUTSIDE ISLAMIC SCHOOL FROM WHERE THE MEN AND BOYS WERE RESCUED SIGN OF THE ISLAMIC SCHOOL SOLDIER WITH GUN STANDING IN FRONT OF SCHOOL DOOR VARIOUS OF PARENTS AND GUARDIANS WAITING TO COLLECT THEIR CHILDREN VARIOUS OF STATE COMMISSIONER OF HUMAN SERVICES AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT HAFSAT MOHAMMED BABA SPEAKING TO PARENTS AND GUARDIANS OF RELEASED CHILDREN MAN LISTENING TO BABA VARIOUS OF RESCUED CHILDREN SEEN THROUGH WIRE FENCE BATHING FEET OF CHILDREN BATHING
- Embargoed: 12th October 2019 16:54
- Keywords: Kaduna school Almajiris abuse Nigeria men and boys captives Islamic school rescued chained
- Location: KADUNA, NIGERIA
- City: KADUNA, NIGERIA
- Country: Nigeria
- Topics: Crime/Law/Justice
- Reuters ID: LVA001AYKMPTZ
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Nigerian authorities on Saturday (September 28) scrambled to find the families of hundreds of men and boys freed from a school where some had been kept in chains, sexually abused and tortured.
Police said they freed as many as 400 captives, aged from six to 50, from the house in Kaduna in northern Nigeria in a raid on Thursday (September 26). Some were chained to radiators, tires or hub caps and others bore visible signs of scars from whippings and beatings.
Police set up a makeshift camp for the others at the edge of the city and were trying to register the freed captives. In one of the buildings at the camp, children queued to register their names against a list, later being able to eat and bathe.
Outside, dozens of parents, faces contorted with worry, gathered to collect their children. Some had paid tuition fees to the men running the house believing it to be an Islamic school, while others viewed it as a correctional facility with no expectation of instruction.
Hafsat Mohammed Baba, the state's commissioner of human services and social development, told Reuters a headcount had accounted for just 190 people, including 113 adults and 77 children. The reason for the discrepancy in numbers was not immediately clear, but authorities said some freed from the home fled immediately.
(Production: Seun Sanni, Angela Ukomadu)
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