Nigeria: Sex for survival in Abuja’s New Kuchingoro IDP camp

By Pius Adeleye
Posted on Friday, 6 January 2023 17:21

A girl carries a baby on her back at the Kuchingoro internally displaced persons camp, in Abuja, Nigeria June 20, 2020. REUTERS/ Afolabi Sotunde

Following a spate of terrorist attacks in 2014, many women and children fled their homes and regrouped at IDP camps. One in particular, the New Kuchingoro IDP camp, located at the edge of the Nigerian capital Abuja, is where many women remain in a state of limbo, and where an unpopular sex trade industry has flourished that sees young female residents quietly and carefully sell sex for survival.

In 2014, a humanitarian crisis worsened in Nigeria when several parts of its regions were heavily and constantly plagued with unprecedented terror assaults that targeted women and children.

A 2015 publication of the Global Terrorism Index, reported that the rage of terrorism in 2014 was highly catastrophic, disastrous, and the nation witnessed the biggest havoc and impact of terror attacks—with a record 7,512 deaths, an increase of over 300% since 2013.