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Boko Haram Releases Female Students

The Islamic militant group, Boko Haram, has begun releasing the girls abducted in a school located in the town of Chibok. This mass abduction is what sparked the public protest of many celebrities back in the year 2014.  There have been clashing reports about the abuses carried out on these girls.  The chairman of the Chibok Development Association, Pogu Bitrus, told The Guardian that the girls were “used as domestic workers and porters, [but] they were not sexually abused.”  Other reports have been issued over the years claiming sexual abuse for those abducted, and a commander of Boko Haram released a claim saying those who were abducted were forced to marry the group’s leaders.

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Despite the Nigerian government working on the release of the abducted girls, many are refusing or afraid to return home to Chibok.  There is a huge stigma placed on these girls leading to poor reception once they return home.  People from their community shame them for being “Boko Haram wives” viewing them as tained and impure, even those who were abducted and forced to join the group. Bitrus stated that it would be ideal for the released victims to receive the remainder of their education abroad in order to avoid the discrimination from their community.

The rise of Boko Haram started with their original leader, Mohammed Yusuf.  Yusuf grew up in poverty, begging on the streets in order to survive.  The name Boko Haram translates to english as “Western education is forbidden.” According to an article published by The Guardian, Boko Haram’s many crimes include, “killing police and soldiers, they slaughtered scores of civilians who were caught out in the open, slitting their throats like animals.” Even though Yusuf was eventually killed, the group continues to commit atrocities directed towards the government and civilians. Thousands have been killed, leaving millions displaced.

 

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One response to “Boko Haram Releases Female Students

  1. fmb10 October 19, 2016 at 10:59 am

    This is interesting because in the same way child soldiers are not welcomed back into their communities. Even though the adolescents are often times abducted and forced to commit crimes their community members see them as violent perpetrators versus victims.

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