Nigerian School Girls Forcefully Married to their Militant Abductors
Two weeks following their initial abduction, a majority of the 234 reportedly still missing school girls abducted from a secondary school in the predominantly Christian village of Chibok have allegedly been married to their captors and ferried into Chad and Cameroon. One in a series of attacks carried out by Boko Haram militants, the parents of the abducted, civilian vigilante forces, and the Nigerian army continue to sweep Northeast Nigeria’s Sambisa forest in hopes of finding and freeing the girls.
04/29/2014 Nigeria (allAfrica) – Most of the 234 Borno schoolgirls in Boko Haram captivity have been ferried abroad to Chad and Cameroon after they were married off to sect members on N2,000 bride price each, an elder told Daily Trust yesterday.
The female students were taken from their hostels at the Government Girls Secondary School Chibok on the night of April 14.
About 40 had escaped in the days after the incident, but parents and school authorities said at least 234 of them were yet to be found.
Dr. Pogu Chibok, who is the leader of the Chibok Elders Forum, told Daily Trust yesterday that latest information available to them indicates that most of the girls have been taken to the neighboring Cameroon and Chad by their captors.
He said before they were ferried in canoes across the Lake Chad, a wedding ceremony was conducted at a town on the border with Cameroon where they were married off to Boko Haram militants.