Aisha Wakil, popularly called Mama Boko Haram has lamented the harsh effect of Boko Haram insurgency on women in Borno State. Mama Boko Haram revealed that many women now used ashes and sand in place of sanitary pad during their monthly menstrual cycle.
Wakil disclosed this during her advocacy visit to Emir of Kano, Alhaji Lamido Sanusi,
According to her, Boko Haram insurgency had greatly affected the North East region, especially women and children.
“One of the effects of insurgency is that women and girls are using sand and ashes in place of sanitary pad for their menses and this is unhygienic and unhealthy for women and girls.
“Menstrual pad is a luxury for poor women in Borno.”
She added that:
“Strange as it may sound but poor women and girls in community and IDP camps are still using rags filled with sand, or ashes as an alternative for sanitary napkins during their menstrual period, thus exposing themselves more to vaginal infections.”
The team of complete care and aid headed by Wakil were received by the Wali of Kano, who said he was a police commissioner in the old Gongola State.
Wali also lamented that insurgency had drawn the North East region back, urging for assistance to the region.
He said the people of Kano were ready to offer their assistance to the victims of insurgency in the North East.