Cameroonian, Nigerian, and Chadian troops have successfully rescued over 50 former fighters and civilians from Boko Haram camps. Most of the civilians are women and children, some with fresh scars and amputated body parts. Thirty-five children, 12 men, and 11 women were taken to the disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration center in Meri, a Cameroonian town on the border with Nigeria and Chad.
Oumar Bichair, the coordinator of the disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration center in Meri, said some of the rescued mothers said they were sexually assaulted by terrorist fighters. He said most of the 35 rescued children, ranging from 6 months to 9 years, do not know their fathers. Cameroon however, has stated that they will provide psychological and economic assistance to those rescued before they return to their communities.
The United Nations says Boko Haram violence has killed over 30,000 people and displaced about 2 million in Nigeria, Cameroon, Niger and Chad.