The missing eight


Boko Haram: “Say they are doing God’s Work”

Suspected Boko Haram gunmen kidnapped eight girls from a Nigerian village overnight, police and residents said. On Sunday night the second attack on the village of Chibok, driving up to the school in two vehicles capturing a further eight girls under force. The kidnappers were armed with guns and were used to intimidate the villagers.  According to Reuters, the girls are aged 12 to 15.

Police said the girls were taken on trucks along with livestock and food.  Boko Haram kidnapped more than 200 girls from a Nigerian school on April 14.  Three weeks later, 276 girls are still missing. At least two have died of snakebite, and about 20 others are ill, according to an intermediary who is in touch with their captors.

The village has now been secured by  police and armed officers to protect the raining girls in the area. As searchers returned to Chibok and appealed to the few soldiers there to accompany them into the forest. They refused, point blank, Buba said. Parents in Chibok ask why they came within a couple of miles of their daughters, yet the military did not.

Boko Haram is a terrorist group receiving training from al Qaeda affiliates, according to U.S. officials. Its name means “Western education is sin.” The Boko Haram has made it clear that the reason behind taking the girls from their home and school was they feel God told  them, and teaches them through there religious practices that schooling is not the purpose for these girls but marriage. Thus they have done the work of God by taking them from their home for their parents and giving them up to be married.

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