At least 600 women and girls have been abducted and enslaved in the last three years by militants in the Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado, a report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) says.
Accord to the report by the rights group, the IS-linked militant group, known as Al Sunnah wa Jama’ah (ASWJ) or al-Shabab, forced younger, healthy-looking, and lighter-skinned women and girls in their custody to “marry” their fighters, who enslave and sexually abuse them.
“Some of the abductees have been sold to foreign fighters . Others have been released after their families paid ransom, while another group has been freed following a military offensive led by government troops and regional forces”, the report says.
HRW called on the militants to release those still being held.