While I fret over whether The Teen has enough WiFi to take my Skype call/check-in, in Nigeria, another mother is wondering if she will see her Teen again. My Gloria shares the name of one of the missing girls. My Gloria will be home in a day, driving me nuts with the sound of her TV shows and late night phone calls. A mother in Nigeria is praying that she gets a chance to scold her Gloria for being too noisy at night; hoping she can hold her daughter once again. My heart is heavy thinking that over 200 girls have gone missing. That each day more girls may be kidnapped. The audacity of the kidnappers. The slow media attention. My own ignorance about this incident scares me. How could I not know this story yet know that Phaedra read Kenya like a book (google it, I’m mortified to admit I know this)?
About sixteen days ago, an estimated 234 girls between 16 and 18 years old were taken from a school in northeastern Nigeria by a group of Islamic militants called Boko Haram.
The girls thought they were being taken to safety by the military from the Government Secondary School in Chobok because there had reportedly been threats from an Islamist terrorist group, Boko Haram, against this and other schools in the area. This school had been closed but reopened for exams. As the girls were loaded into trucks with the “military men” they realized that something was amiss as shouts of “Allahu Akbar (God is Great)” was chanted as they were driven away.
The girls are believed to have been taken into Sambisa forest. The forest, reportedly quite thick and swampy and containing a sizable wildlife population ranging from monkeys to elephants, is a Boko Haram stronghold. Escapees report that once there the girls were asked to cook for the insurgents. Bystanders in the general area say that the girls have now been split up and subjected to mass wedding ceremonies. Some say they have been taken out of Nigeria. Some also say the girls are now “sex slaves,” though that worry has been around from the time the girls disappeared, of course. The oft-reported rumor is they’re being auctioned off for the equivalent of $12 USD. No one has yet verified these reports with any degree of certainty. Source: Gawker.
Nigeria has offered $300,000.00 REWARD FOR INFORMATION Source Reuters
Some quotes from a man claiming to be Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau Source:
“I abducted your girls. I will sell them in the market, by Allah,” a man claiming to be Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau said in a video first obtained by Agence France-Presse.
“There is a market for selling humans. Allah says I should sell. He commands me to sell. I will sell women. I sell women,” he continued, according to a CNN translation from the local Hausa language.
Boko Haram is a terrorist group receiving training from al Qaeda affiliates, according to U.S. officials. Its name means “Western education is sin.” In his nearly hourlong, rambling video, Shekau repeatedly called for Western education to end.
“Girls, you should go and get married,” he said.
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