School Girls Kidnapped By Boko Haram Brainwashed To Fight For Group
The school girls kidnapped from Nigeria are brainwashed to fight for the extremist group, some of the captives told BBC. Many of them are carrying out public beatings, and some are trained to be used in killing programs as well.
Women who claim to have lived in Boko Haram camps with 219 girls abducted from their school in the town of Chibok last April revealed on Monday to Panorama television programme that many of the survivors in the camp administer punishments on behalf of the terror group.
Those punishments range from slitting throats of captured men and flogging young girls for failing to recite rhymes from the Qur’an.
“The abduction and brutalisation of young women and girls seems to be part of the modus operandi of Boko Haram,” said Netsanet Belay, Director for Amnesty International.
The militants abducted 276 girls from a secondary school in Nigeria on April 2014, of which 57 later escaped. The remaining 219 were not seen till a video revealed shows 130 of them reciting verses from the Qur’an.
The kidnapping sparked international outcry; global protests were staged against the slow reaction of the Nigerian government. The hashtag #bringbackourgirls was shared more than five million times.
A 17-year-old girl revealed that she was forced to marry a Boko Haram militant and was repeatedly raped. She was later left pregnant with his child. Upon her refusal to marry the militant, they slit throats of four men in front of her and threatened her with the same consequence.
“They told us: ‘You women should learn from your husbands because they are giving their blood for the cause. We must also go to war for Allah.’ The ones I’ve seen are totally heartless. Even the men avoid them because they are scared,” said Miriam to BBC Panorama. She met some of the Chibok girls as she was held captive in one of the Boko Haram camp.
According to Amnesty, at least 2,000 women and girls have been kidnapped by Boko Haram since the beginning of 2014.