Survivor, son face discrimination in Nigeria

SAM OLUKOYA

SANDRA* had a baby born of rape. The young Nigeria woman had plans for a better life in Europe, but when her ‘recruiters’ abandoned her in Libya she was sexually assaulted and abused. 

But after being deported back to Nigeria Sandra and her young son face daily discrimination and abuse about the boy’s parentage, even from her own mother and friends. She shares with IPS the effect this verbal abuse has had on her little boy and the impact on her mental health.

“I feel bad, I feel bad a lot. I feel very terrible for what my son is going through. He is not supposed to go through this kind of pain no matter what. It is not his fault, he is not the one who caused it,” she says.

*Not her real name.

This is part of a series of features from across the globe on human trafficking. IPS coverage is supported by the Airways Aviation Group.

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