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Hundreds of captives, many in chains, freed in Nigeria

A 14-year-old-boy reveals scars on his back at a transit camp set up to take care of the released captives in Kaduna, Nigeria September 28, 2019. Police freed as many as 400 males aged from six to 50 from a house in Kaduna in northern Nigeria in a raid. Some had been chained to radiators, tires or hub caps, and others bore visible signs of scars from whippings and beatings.

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A 14-year-old-boy reveals scars on his back at a transit camp set up to take care of the released captives in Kaduna, Nigeria September 28, 2019. Police freed as many as 400 males aged from six to 50 from a house in Kaduna in northern Nigeria in a...more

A 14-year-old-boy reveals scars on his back at a transit camp set up to take care of the released captives in Kaduna, Nigeria September 28, 2019. Police freed as many as 400 males aged from six to 50 from a house in Kaduna in northern Nigeria in a raid. Some had been chained to radiators, tires or hub caps, and others bore visible signs of scars from whippings and beatings. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde
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People tied and chained after police raided a house in Kaduna, Nigeria, September 27, 2019. Police arrested seven adults in the raid on the building, which had a sign in Arabic at the entrance declaring itself "House of Imam Ahmad Bin Hanbal for the Application of Islamic Teachings."

Nigeria police handout via REUTERS

People tied and chained after police raided a house in Kaduna, Nigeria, September 27, 2019. Police arrested seven adults in the raid on the building, which had a sign in Arabic at the entrance declaring itself "House of Imam Ahmad Bin Hanbal for the...more

People tied and chained after police raided a house in Kaduna, Nigeria, September 27, 2019. Police arrested seven adults in the raid on the building, which had a sign in Arabic at the entrance declaring itself "House of Imam Ahmad Bin Hanbal for the Application of Islamic Teachings." Nigeria police handout via REUTERS
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One of the children rescued by police, with bruises on his back, eats at the Hajj transit camp in Kaduna, Nigeria September 28, 2019. Some parents paid fees, believing it was an Islamic school. Some described it as a good institution and dismissed talk of abuse. Others saw it as a correctional facility. Police and regional officials said it was not registered as either.

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One of the children rescued by police, with bruises on his back, eats at the Hajj transit camp in Kaduna, Nigeria September 28, 2019. Some parents paid fees, believing it was an Islamic school. Some described it as a good institution and dismissed...more

One of the children rescued by police, with bruises on his back, eats at the Hajj transit camp in Kaduna, Nigeria September 28, 2019. Some parents paid fees, believing it was an Islamic school. Some described it as a good institution and dismissed talk of abuse. Others saw it as a correctional facility. Police and regional officials said it was not registered as either. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde
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A mattress and blankets are seen in a room inside the building where hundreds of men and boys were rescued from captivity by police in Kaduna, September 28, 2019. All the victims said beatings were regular and said children and men were frequently shackled. Days were dark, long and hungry: food was only served at 10 a.m. and 11 p.m.

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A mattress and blankets are seen in a room inside the building where hundreds of men and boys were rescued from captivity by police in Kaduna, September 28, 2019. All the victims said beatings were regular and said children and men were frequently...more

A mattress and blankets are seen in a room inside the building where hundreds of men and boys were rescued from captivity by police in Kaduna, September 28, 2019. All the victims said beatings were regular and said children and men were frequently shackled. Days were dark, long and hungry: food was only served at 10 a.m. and 11 p.m. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde
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A 14-year-old-boy reveals scars in his ear at a transit camp set up to take care of the released captives in Kaduna, Nigeria September 28, 2019. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

A 14-year-old-boy reveals scars in his ear at a transit camp set up to take care of the released captives in Kaduna, Nigeria September 28, 2019. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

A 14-year-old-boy reveals scars in his ear at a transit camp set up to take care of the released captives in Kaduna, Nigeria September 28, 2019. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde
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A look through the fence security wire reveals the inside of Daru Imam Ahmad Bun Hambal Islamic school in Kaduna, Nigeria September 27, 2019. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

A look through the fence security wire reveals the inside of Daru Imam Ahmad Bun Hambal Islamic school in Kaduna, Nigeria September 27, 2019. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

A look through the fence security wire reveals the inside of Daru Imam Ahmad Bun Hambal Islamic school in Kaduna, Nigeria September 27, 2019. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde
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Children rescued from captivity by police are fed by officials at the Hajj transit camp in Kaduna, Nigeria September 28, 2019. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

Children rescued from captivity by police are fed by officials at the Hajj transit camp in Kaduna, Nigeria September 28, 2019. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

Children rescued from captivity by police are fed by officials at the Hajj transit camp in Kaduna, Nigeria September 28, 2019. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde
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An old generator is seen chained to a pillar inside the building in Kaduna, Nigeria September 28, 2019. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

An old generator is seen chained to a pillar inside the building in Kaduna, Nigeria September 28, 2019. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

An old generator is seen chained to a pillar inside the building in Kaduna, Nigeria September 28, 2019. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde
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A 15-year-old-boy reveals scars on his back at a transit camp set up to take care of the released captives in Kaduna, Nigeria September 28, 2019. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

A 15-year-old-boy reveals scars on his back at a transit camp set up to take care of the released captives in Kaduna, Nigeria September 28, 2019. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

A 15-year-old-boy reveals scars on his back at a transit camp set up to take care of the released captives in Kaduna, Nigeria September 28, 2019. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde
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A chain with padlock is seen attached to a wheel inside the building in Kaduna, Nigeria September 28, 2019. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

A chain with padlock is seen attached to a wheel inside the building in Kaduna, Nigeria September 28, 2019. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

A chain with padlock is seen attached to a wheel inside the building in Kaduna, Nigeria September 28, 2019. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde
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Books are seen inside of a room of the building where hundreds of men and boys were rescued from captivity by police in Kaduna, Nigeria September 28, 2019. REUTERS/Alexis Akwagyiram

Books are seen inside of a room of the building where hundreds of men and boys were rescued from captivity by police in Kaduna, Nigeria September 28, 2019. REUTERS/Alexis Akwagyiram

Books are seen inside of a room of the building where hundreds of men and boys were rescued from captivity by police in Kaduna, Nigeria September 28, 2019. REUTERS/Alexis Akwagyiram
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Some of the children rescued from captivity by police are seen been documented at the Hajj transit camp in Kaduna, Nigeria September 28, 2019.REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

Some of the children rescued from captivity by police are seen been documented at the Hajj transit camp in Kaduna, Nigeria September 28, 2019.REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

Some of the children rescued from captivity by police are seen been documented at the Hajj transit camp in Kaduna, Nigeria September 28, 2019.REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde
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A 14-year-old-boy reveals scars on his arm at a transit camp set up to take care of the released captives in Kaduna, Nigeria September 28, 2019. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

A 14-year-old-boy reveals scars on his arm at a transit camp set up to take care of the released captives in Kaduna, Nigeria September 28, 2019. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

A 14-year-old-boy reveals scars on his arm at a transit camp set up to take care of the released captives in Kaduna, Nigeria September 28, 2019. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde
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Items are seen inside a room of the building where hundreds of men and boys were rescued from captivity by police in Kaduna, Nigeria September 28, 2019. REUTERS/Alexis Akwagyiram

Items are seen inside a room of the building where hundreds of men and boys were rescued from captivity by police in Kaduna, Nigeria September 28, 2019. REUTERS/Alexis Akwagyiram

Items are seen inside a room of the building where hundreds of men and boys were rescued from captivity by police in Kaduna, Nigeria September 28, 2019. REUTERS/Alexis Akwagyiram
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A child rescued from captivity by police is seen with a rope around his legs at the Hajj transit camp in Kaduna, Nigeria September 28, 2019. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

A child rescued from captivity by police is seen with a rope around his legs at the Hajj transit camp in Kaduna, Nigeria September 28, 2019. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

A child rescued from captivity by police is seen with a rope around his legs at the Hajj transit camp in Kaduna, Nigeria September 28, 2019. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde
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Padlocks and chains used to shackle children rescued by police from captivity are seen at the Hajj transit camp in Kaduna, Nigeria September 28, 2019. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

Padlocks and chains used to shackle children rescued by police from captivity are seen at the Hajj transit camp in Kaduna, Nigeria September 28, 2019. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

Padlocks and chains used to shackle children rescued by police from captivity are seen at the Hajj transit camp in Kaduna, Nigeria September 28, 2019. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde
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A 6-year-old-boy reveals scars on his back at a transit camp set up to take care of the released captives in Kaduna, Nigeria September 28, 2019. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

A 6-year-old-boy reveals scars on his back at a transit camp set up to take care of the released captives in Kaduna, Nigeria September 28, 2019. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

A 6-year-old-boy reveals scars on his back at a transit camp set up to take care of the released captives in Kaduna, Nigeria September 28, 2019. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde
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Some of the children rescued from captivity by police eat at the Hajj transit camp in Kaduna, Nigeria September 28, 2019. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

Some of the children rescued from captivity by police eat at the Hajj transit camp in Kaduna, Nigeria September 28, 2019. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

Some of the children rescued from captivity by police eat at the Hajj transit camp in Kaduna, Nigeria September 28, 2019. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde
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Some of the children rescued by police from captivity at a school wash up by a tank at the Hajj transit camp in Kaduna, Nigeria September 28, 2019. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

Some of the children rescued by police from captivity at a school wash up by a tank at the Hajj transit camp in Kaduna, Nigeria September 28, 2019. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

Some of the children rescued by police from captivity at a school wash up by a tank at the Hajj transit camp in Kaduna, Nigeria September 28, 2019. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde
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Items are seen littered inside the school premises of Daru Imam Ahmed Bun Hambal Islamic school in Kaduna, Nigeria September 27, 2019. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

Items are seen littered inside the school premises of Daru Imam Ahmed Bun Hambal Islamic school in Kaduna, Nigeria September 27, 2019. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

Items are seen littered inside the school premises of Daru Imam Ahmed Bun Hambal Islamic school in Kaduna, Nigeria September 27, 2019. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde
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A sheet hangs from a window inside the building where hundreds of men and boys were rescued from captivity by police in Kaduna, Nigeria September 28, 2019. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

A sheet hangs from a window inside the building where hundreds of men and boys were rescued from captivity by police in Kaduna, Nigeria September 28, 2019. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

A sheet hangs from a window inside the building where hundreds of men and boys were rescued from captivity by police in Kaduna, Nigeria September 28, 2019. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde
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Relatives wait on the sidelines as officials organize some of the people freed by police in Kaduna, Nigeria September 28, 2019. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

Relatives wait on the sidelines as officials organize some of the people freed by police in Kaduna, Nigeria September 28, 2019. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

Relatives wait on the sidelines as officials organize some of the people freed by police in Kaduna, Nigeria September 28, 2019. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde
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A cooking pot is seen on the ground inside the building where hundreds of men and boys were rescued from captivity by police in Kaduna, Nigeria September 28, 2019. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

A cooking pot is seen on the ground inside the building where hundreds of men and boys were rescued from captivity by police in Kaduna, Nigeria September 28, 2019. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

A cooking pot is seen on the ground inside the building where hundreds of men and boys were rescued from captivity by police in Kaduna, Nigeria September 28, 2019. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde
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Nineteen-year-old Sani Shuaibu walks with his older sister after he was freed from captivity by police in Kaduna, Nigeria September 28, 2019. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

Nineteen-year-old Sani Shuaibu walks with his older sister after he was freed from captivity by police in Kaduna, Nigeria September 28, 2019. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

Nineteen-year-old Sani Shuaibu walks with his older sister after he was freed from captivity by police in Kaduna, Nigeria September 28, 2019. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde
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Children protest outside the building where hundreds of men and boys were rescued from captivity by police in Kaduna, Nigeria September 28, 2019. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

Children protest outside the building where hundreds of men and boys were rescued from captivity by police in Kaduna, Nigeria September 28, 2019. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

Children protest outside the building where hundreds of men and boys were rescued from captivity by police in Kaduna, Nigeria September 28, 2019. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde
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People with chained legs are pictured after being rescued from a building in the northern city of Kaduna, September 26. 

TELEVISION CONTINENTAL/Reuters TV

People with chained legs are pictured after being rescued from a building in the northern city of Kaduna, September 26. TELEVISION CONTINENTAL/Reuters TV

People with chained legs are pictured after being rescued from a building in the northern city of Kaduna, September 26. TELEVISION CONTINENTAL/Reuters TV
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People are pictured after being rescued from a building in Kaduna, September 26, 2019. TELEVISION CONTINENTAL/Reuters TV via REUTERS

People are pictured after being rescued from a building in Kaduna, September 26, 2019. TELEVISION CONTINENTAL/Reuters TV via REUTERS

People are pictured after being rescued from a building in Kaduna, September 26, 2019. TELEVISION CONTINENTAL/Reuters TV via REUTERS
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A person with chained ankles is pictured after being rescued from a building in Kaduna, Nigeria September 26, 2019. TELEVISION CONTINENTAL/Reuters TV via REUTERS

A person with chained ankles is pictured after being rescued from a building in Kaduna, Nigeria September 26, 2019. TELEVISION CONTINENTAL/Reuters TV via REUTERS

A person with chained ankles is pictured after being rescued from a building in Kaduna, Nigeria September 26, 2019. TELEVISION CONTINENTAL/Reuters TV via REUTERS
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A boy with injuries on his back is led away after police raided a house freeing men and boys in Kaduna, Nigeria, September 27, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer

A boy with injuries on his back is led away after police raided a house freeing men and boys in Kaduna, Nigeria, September 27, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer

A boy with injuries on his back is led away after police raided a house freeing men and boys in Kaduna, Nigeria, September 27, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer
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Freed people are led away after police raided a house in Kaduna, Nigeria, September 27, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer

Freed people are led away after police raided a house in Kaduna, Nigeria, September 27, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer

Freed people are led away after police raided a house in Kaduna, Nigeria, September 27, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer
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Police officers stand with detained Islamic teachers in Kaduna, Nigeria September 26, 2019. TELEVISION CONTINENTAL/Reuters TV via REUTERS

Police officers stand with detained Islamic teachers in Kaduna, Nigeria September 26, 2019. TELEVISION CONTINENTAL/Reuters TV via REUTERS

Police officers stand with detained Islamic teachers in Kaduna, Nigeria September 26, 2019. TELEVISION CONTINENTAL/Reuters TV via REUTERS
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