Artículos de 1 Junio 2014

200 Schoolgirls Kidnapped in Nigeria

Domingo, 1 Junio 2014

Nigeria’s militant Islamist group Boko Haram abducted more than 200 girls from a boarding school in the northern town of Chibok on 14th April. An estimated 200 heavily armed militants arrived at night in 20 vehicles to steal supplies and kidnap the students. It has now released a video showing 136 of the girls.

In the local Hausa language, Boko Haram means “Western education is forbidden”. So the abductions show the group’s visceral hatred for Western education. Moreover, the group promotes the puritanical Islamic view that a woman’s place is in the home. The abducted children include Muslims and Christians. In the 12th May video, Boko Haram says some of the Christians have converted to Islam and, dressed in Islamic attire, they are heard reciting Koranic verses.

The militants have attacked schools before. The school in Chibok, which was hosting final year exams for Christian and Muslim schoolgirls, was one of the only ones still open in this remote area of Borno state and had no security protection that night.