Some of the women spoke of others who had been stoned to death for refusing to follow their jailers when hunted down by the army troops, others of sexual violence and forced marriages with the Islamists, MISNA said.
Many of the hostages, however, are too young to speak and won’t remember their ordeals, according to the bishop.
“It will be difficult to reunite the victims with their families, because some are in shock and are unable to say where and when they were taken,” stressed the bishop. He said physical rehabilitation will be just the first part of the assistance operation being carried out by the state, in cooperation with humanitarian and religious organizations.
Reintegration into society, education and employment will be challenges, explained the bishop, but he said there is hope.
“Since September we have assisted between 3,000 and 3,500 people in the camps of the diocese, displaced from their villages by the Boko Haram advance, though many have been able to return home.”
In the weeks after the election of retired General Muhammadu Buhari as president, the Nigerian army recaptured a large part of the region that had been taken over by the so-called “caliphate."
“Muslims and Christians lived alongside one another in respect and peace in our camps, in their own way fighting against extremism,” said Bishop Manza, defining it an example to build on in the nation.