Um Haleemah, a 16-year-old girl abducted by Boko Haram, is the subject of intense stigmatisation for her refusal to abort the pregnancy she came about during a forced marriage with a Boko Haram member.

Captured in 2014 while trying to escape from a Boko Haram-ransacked town, Haleemah said she had no choice but to helplessly watch the insurgents slaughter men, women and even children. While speaking with CNN, she said she initially rejected Boko Haram’s plan to marry her: When they announced their plans of marrying us, we rejected it, then we realised we had no choice. We watched how they slaughtered so many women and men, so we got frightened.”