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As the search continues for more than 230 school girls abducted by suspected Boko Haram militants on the night of April 14th from their secondary school in predominantly-Christian Chibok, recent reports state the girls are being forcefully sold and married to their Islamic captors. Feared as having been ferried to Boko Haram strongholds in Chad and Cameroon, the Nigerian Army’s ability to find and release the girls grows increasingly dismal as hundreds of protesters gathered in Abuja yesterday to demand the Nigerian state due more to increase security, stabilize the nation’s north, and #BringBackOurGirls, as the twitter firestorm read. Receiving a ransom note late last night, community leaders from Borno State have allegedly initiated negotiations for the girls’ safe return. Take an opportunity this National Day of Prayer to lift up the abducted girls, their families, and the nation of Nigeria.

05/01/2014 Nigeria (ABC News) – Scores of girls and young women kidnapped from a school in Nigeria are being forced to marry their Islamic extremist abductors, a civic organization reported Wednesday.

At the same time, the Boko Haram terrorist network is negotiating over the students’ fate and is demanding an unspecified ransom for their release, a Borno state community leader told The Associated Press.

He said the Wednesday night message from the abductors also claimed that two of the girls have died from snake bites.

The message was sent to a member of a presidential committee mandated last year to mediate a ceasefire with the Islamic extremists, said the civic leader, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak about the talks.

The news of negotiations comes as parents say the girls are being sold into marriage to Boko Haram militants. The students are being paid 2,000 naira ($12) to marry the fighters, Halite Aliyu of the Borno-Yobe People’s Forum told The Associated Press. She said the parents’ information about mass weddings is coming from villagers in the Sambisa Forest, on Nigeria’s border with Cameroon, where Boko Haram is known to have hideouts.

“The latest reports are that they have been taken across the borders, some to Cameroon and Chad,” Aliyu said. It was not possible to verify the reports about more than 200 missing girls kidnapped in the northeast by the Boko Haram terrorist network two weeks ago.

“Some of them have been married off to insurgents. A medieval kind of slavery. You go and capture women and then sell them off,” community elder Pogu Bitrus of Chibok, the town where the girls were abducted, told the BBC Hausa Service.

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