Beyond Nigeria


When members of the Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram showed up at a girls’ high school in the town of Chibok in northeastern Nigeria one night last month, the girls were confused. The militants had dressed themselves in military uniforms and told over 300 schoolgirls they were taking them to a secure location. But it became clear not long after the men loaded the girls into trucks to take them to remote camps that the girls were being kidnapped. Nearly all the schools in the northeast had closed after a series of Boko Haram attacks, including a recent one in which the group murdered the boys and told the girls to go get married. Education officials in Borno state, where Chibok is located, decided to open the school for final exams.

The school’s principal says 53 girls escaped. Some of the escaped girls say militants forced them to cook, clean…

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