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Published On: Thu, May 1st, 2014

Nigeria: Kidnapped girls sold into marriage Boko Haram Islamic terrorists

More than 200 kidnapped Nigerian girls and women have been reportedly sold into marriage with their Boko Haram abductors for $12.

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Halite Aliyu, of the Borno-Yobe People’s Forum, told the Associated Press on Wednesday that more than 200 girls recently kidnapped by Boko Haram members are linked to the mass weddings in the Sambisa Forest villages on Nigeria’s border with Cameroon 

“The latest reports are that they have been taken across the borders, some to Cameroon and Chad,” Aliyu said.

The Boko Haram terrorist network is negotiating over the students’ fate and is demanding unspecified ransoms for their release, a Borno state community leader said in the article.

Reports also claim that two of the girls have died from snake bites. The message was sent to a member of a presidential committee mandated last year to mediate a ceasefire with the Islamic extremists, said the civic leader, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak about the talks.

“Some of them have been married off to insurgents. A medieval kind of slavery. You go and capture women and then sell them off,” community elder Pogu Bitrus of Chibok, the town where the girls were abducted, told the BBC Hausa Service.

Outrage over the failure to rescue the girls is growing and hundreds of women braved heavy rain to march Wednesday to Nigeria’s National Assembly to protest lack of action over the students. Hundreds more also marched in Kano, Nigeria’s second city in the north.

“The leaders of both houses said they will do all in their power but we are saying two weeks already have past, we want action now,” said activist Mercy Asu Abang.

“We want our girls to come home alive — not in body bags,” she said.

 Community elder Pogu Bitrus of Chibok town, from where the girls were abducted, told the BBC’s Hausa service that some of the kidnapped girls “have been married off to insurgents”.

“A medieval kind of slavery. You go and capture women and then sell them off,” Bitrus said.

About 50 of the kidnapped girls managed to escape from the captors in the first days after their abduction, but some 220 remained missing, according to the principal of the Chibok Girls Secondary School, Asabe Kwambura. They are between 16 and 18 years old

 

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