It is a parent’s worst nightmare: Your child goes to school, never to return.
This is a heart breaking and terrifying story about the young school girls in Nigeria. It has been two weeks and counting since their kidnapping. Nigerians are living that horrific reality after 230 schoolgirls were abducted, allegedly by Boko Haram, under the cover of darkness on April 16. Of the hundreds of girls herded into vehicles, only 43 have escaped.
The frightened schoolgirls were herded onto waiting buses and motor scooters by the gunmen who assured them,
“Don’t worry. Nothing will happen to you.
The militants of the Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram arrived at the boarding school in the dead of night. They exchanged gunfire with armed security guards outside the school before storming the school and rounding up the girls.
18-year-old Deborah Sanya was one of the 43 lucky ones who managed to escape from the militants’ base camp.
She said she and the other girls believed they were in safe hands, until the men started shooting guns and shouting “Allahu Akbar” (“God is great” in Islam). That was when she knew the men had lied.
According to an article in the New Yorker magazine, the families of the 234 missing girls are wallowing in the midst of uncertainty. They complain that the government is refusing to update them on the efforts to find the girls.
And as their parents wait and hope, the government is grappling with an Islamist terror group that has gotten more brazen.
In November, the militant group abducted dozens of Christian women, most of whom were later rescued by the military deep in a forest in Maiduguri. At the time of their rescue, some were pregnant or had children, and others had been forcibly converted to Islam and married off to their kidnappers.
Rights groups have said Boko Haram has kidnapped girls as young as 12.
The group especially opposes the education of women. Under its version of Sharia law, women should be at home raising children and looking after their husbands, not at school learning to read and write.
It has repeatedly targeted places of learning in deadly attacks that have highlighted its fundamental philosophy against education.
The spate of kidnappings began in May 2013 when Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau announced in a video that this was part of its latest bloody campaign. The kidnappings, he said, were retaliation for Nigerian security forces nabbing the wives and children of group members.
Those kidnapped, he said, would begin a new life as a “servant”.
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