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Tag Archive: Boko Haram

May 13 2014

Let’s mock the enslaved Nigerian schoolgirls!

Oh, ew. Right-wing creeps have been mocking the hashtag campaign #BringBackOurGirls…right because trying to help draw attention to some two or three hundred kidnapped and enslaved schoolgirls is such great comic material. Ann Coulter is one. She tweeted: My hashtag contribution to world affairs … pic.twitter.com/Wkb8ozYZFC

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May 13 2014

Captive recital

Boko Haram put out a video yesterday showing some of the kidnapped enslaved schoolgirls (and perhaps some other girls) wearing hijab and long robes, chanting a bit of the Koran. Relatives and friends have identified some of them from the video. The 27-minute footage was shown to some people in Chibok – the town where the …

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May 06 2014

“God instructed me to sell them, they are his properties”

The BBC has more on the enslavement in Nigeria. In the video, Abubakar Shekau said the girls should not have been in school in the first place, but rather should get married. “God instructed me to sell them, they are his properties and I will carry out his instructions,” he said.

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May 06 2014

They said they would

As promised, fucking Boko Haram has grabbed more girls. Of course it has. It’s easy. Soft targets. Villages of ordinary people; it’s dead easy to burst in with guns and grab a bunch of the girls. Anybody could do that at any time. But decent people don’t do that. We’re all soft targets; we don’t …

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May 04 2014

Saratu’s father fainted

I read the Guardian article again (I read it the first time a few days ago when I did a post about it) and I don’t think the Guardian is being euphemistic here. The way the story is set up, the news that the girls “are being shared out as wives among the Boko Haram …

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May 04 2014

Finally paying attention

Nick Cohen points out – as I’ve been pointing out – that the Nigerian schoolgirls haven’t been kidnapped but enslaved. They weren’t just yanked away to be hostages or bargining chips or shields, but to be sexual slaves and, no doubt, labor slaves as well. A desire for sexual supremacy accompanies their loathing of knowledge. …

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May 03 2014

In the forest

Bodunrin Kayode gives us some useful background on the Sambisa Forest. A few months ago, the name Sambisa Forest meant nothing to many Nigerians. Not anymore. It has come to signify terror and home to the terrorist group Boko Haram. The forest is now almost mythical for so many people within the Lake Chad basin who have …

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May 02 2014

Her voice breaking as she recounted the nightmare

The Guardian reports that the families of the enslaved schoolgirls are losing hope. Hamma Balumai, a farmer whose 16-year-old daughter Hauwa was snatched, pooled his savings with other parents and ventured on a two-day trek into the forest this week. “Even my wife was begging to come as she is so disturbed she hasn’t been …

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May 02 2014

Living in fear of Boko Haram

Kyari Mohammed, who is a teacher in north-east Nigeria – Boko Haram territory – writes in the Guardian about what it’s like to live in fear of Education Forbidden. I live in fear of Boko Haram. The group’s insurgency began in Nigeria in 2009. Yola in Adamawa state, where I live and teach history, is relatively calm at …

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May 02 2014

Bring Back Our Girls

There’s a vocal #BringBackOurGirls protest outside the Nigerian Mission at the UN right now. Via braden@detroitred9

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