The Guardian (Lagos)

15 August 2014

Nigeria: Women Bury Decomposing Corpses At Gwoza

FOLLOWING the killings of over 100 men in Gwoza's Boko Haram multiple attacks in Borno State, women are reportedly burying decomposing bodies of their husbands and children, 10 days after the taking over of the destroyed town by the Islamist sect.

Specifically, the border town with Cameroon, and 135 kilometres southeast of Maiduguri the state capital, was taken over on Tuesday August 7, 2014 by hoisting Boko Haram black flags.

Tens of hundreds of people were forced to flee into the Mandara Mountains in search of food and water, while others trooped to nearby towns of Madagali, Uba and Mubi in Adamawa state for safety.

Binta Hodo, one of the surviving women in Gwoza told The Guardian on phone Friday that the surviving women have no option other than to bury the corpses littering the streets and torched houses in Gwoza town.

"Some of our husbands and children were killed by insurgents, when they took over this town on Tuesday, August 7, 2014, after torching our emir's palace, the police station, and several houses and looted

shops. But the decomposing corpses which had been estimated to be over 100, are posing a threat to our lives, because it could bring another disease that can wipe off the entire town and nearby communities here," said Binta yesterday weeping.

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