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Story Publication logo May 13, 2022

Locked Down With Their Rapists


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Teenage girls in Nigeria became victims of sexual and domestic abuse during the COVID-19 lockdown.

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In March 2020, when Nigeria shut schools to try to control the surging rates of Covid-19 infection, one unforeseen result was that thousands of girls nationwide became targets of sexual assault. Here are some of the survivors’ stories. The photo above, by Seun Lawal for PassBlue, simulates a survivor. Image courtesy of Seun Lawal / PassBlue. Nigeria, 2022.

This story includes graphic descriptions of sexual violence to minors that may be disturbing to listeners.

This audio story for Lagos Talks produced by Damilola Banjo reports on sexual violence against girls during Nigeria's COVID-19 lockdowns.

This story was co-produced by Kelechukwu Ogu.


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