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May 9, 2014

Boko Haram Kidnapped School Girls Still Held Hostage

Boko Haram, an Al Qaeda-linked Islamist group, kidnapped three-hundred Christian girls from a school in Nigeria and is threatening to sell them as slaves. Abubakar Shekau, the leader of the Boko Haram terrorist group, made the threat horrifically clear, stating, “I abducted your girls. I will sell them in the Market by Allah!” After a burst of laughter he continues, “There is a market for selling humans. Allah says I should sell. He commands me to sell. I will sell women!” Boko Haram in a similar attack in 2013 stormed a school in northern Nigeria massacring at least fifty students. There is actually a unifying theme in these attacks with the meaning in English of the terror group’s name, Boko Haram, which means “Inauthentic Forbidden Ideas” in the Hausa language prominent in Nigeria’s Muslim-majority north, by which they claim that any education other than the study of the Quran is inauthentic and thus forbidden and evil form of study and those partaking or providing such education must be eradicated. Boko Haram is also known for their attacks on Churches and other Christian buildings, businesses and communities throughout Nigeria especially in the northern and bordering provinces.

 

The situation has raised a hue and cry from numerous sources beginning in Nigeria where President Goodluck Jonathan has received a hail of criticisms demanding to see more actions from the government. Doyin Okupe, a spokesman for President Jonathan, told CNN, “The president and the government (are) not taking this as easy as people all over the world think. We’ve done a lot but we are not talking about it. We’re not Americans. We’re not showing people, you know, but it does not mean that we are not doing something.” To the government’s and President Goodluck Jonathan’s credit, it has been reported detailing government efforts which include two special battalions which have been tasked solely to the search for the missing girls. Further, helicopters and aircraft have already searched between two-hundred and three-hundred areas and are to continue surveillance over additional locations. The government has indicated that they have plans to dedicate further forces in the operations to locate and rescue the girls.

 

As far as any assistance to be provided by the United States, President Barack Obama, according to NBC News, on Tuesday stated, “So what we’ve done is — we have offered, and it’s been accepted — help from our military and our law enforcement officials. We’re going to do everything we can to provide assistance to them.” Further information was provided by the United States State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki, “The help includes the creation of a ‘coordination cell’ to provide intelligence, investigations and hostage negotiation expertise… The cell will include U.S. military personnel.” Additional comments come from Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine who told CNN, “More can be done by this administration. I would like to see Special Forces deployed to help rescue these young girls. Some of these girls are as young as nine years old. They’re being sold into slavery, forced into marriages, required to convert. This is just horrible.” The situation has turned even more serious as since the initial abductions there have been additional abductions of at least eight girls between the ages of twelve and fifteen, who were snatched Sunday night from the village of Warabe, a small rural village near the border of Cameroon, an area considered a stronghold for Boko Haram. Additionally, Boko Haram has struck the town of Gamboru Ngala, which is also on the border with Cameroon, where gunmen razed scores of buildings and fired on civilians as they tried to flee. Ahmed Zanna, Senator for the Gamboru Ngala area, the death toll at three-hundred quoting statements from local residents. The town had been left unguarded as the soldiers normally based there were redeployed as part of efforts to rescue the kidnapped girls.

 

Boko Haram has assaulted numerous churches and other Christian targets often bombing churches during Sunday services in order to maximize fatalities. A report from January 27, 2014, Boko Haram struck a church in Waga Chakawa, a village in Adamawa State, killing at least twenty-two people. Reports from the scene related that members of the Boko Haram sect attacked a Catholic church in the morning setting off explosives and firing into the congregation. Furthermore, many houses were also burnt during the siege which lasted approximately four hours. In an infamous Easter Sunday attack it was reported by 247ureports.com, unknown gunmen, likely from the Boko Haram terror group, assaulted communities of Wukari in the Taraba State starting the attacks at about 1:30am on Sunday Easter morning and continued till 3pm Sunday Easter afternoon. Reports confirmed that a church was burnt down during the attack along with many homes belonging to non-Muslims. Subsequent reports placed the fatalities as high as one-hundred-fifty innocents. This assault came mere days after the reports of a massacre of over two-hundred lives in Nyanya attack by Boko Haram in the Abuja federal capital territory. Additionally, back in 2011, Boko Haram conducted a suicide attack on the United Nations building in Abuja killing at least twenty-five people. A quick perusal of a search of the Internet gives results of numerous terror attacks against Christians and even other Muslims who have opposed the group’s tactics openly. They include targeting government instillations, churches, homes, businesses, bus depots and any place where people might congregate. The totals are simply horrific and because these assaults take place in Nigeria, not exactly a top vacation spot or a place under constant focus of the mainstream media mostly gets little coverage with whatever coverage received seldom hitting the front pages as this current attack has taken. This does not mean that the terrorism committed by Boko Haram is any less significant or horrific than any other. Actually, it is worse than much of the terrorism that receives front page coverage and headlines from the mainstream media.

 

We have covered the horrors of Boko Haram with a summary of some of our articles which can be found  here. May we express our prayers that the abduction victims of Boko Haram are recovered safely and that they are capable of making some form of a recovery from their traumas and find a path to a normal and fulfilling life despite their harrowing experience. Our thanks and best goes with those tasked in locating and rescuing these young women and G0d’s speed in the fulfillment of their tasks.

 

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