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ICC Note: Boko Haram notoriously devastates women. Christian women, in particular, face persecutions such as watching their husbands murdered, forced conversion and Islamic re-education, serial rape. But on of the most heinous examples of Boko Haram’s horrific treatment of women is how they recruit teenage girls to become suicide bombers, either coercing them to do it under pressure and manipulation, or promising paradise, or some analysts suggest they may be using the girls without their knowledge they’re about to blow themselves up in the name of Allah. The most infamous example of Boko Haram’s brutal mistreatment of women was the April 2014 abduction of nearly 300 mostly Christian girls from Chibok, Nigeria, most of whom remain missing nearly two years later.

By Dionne Searcey

4/7/16 MINAWAO REFUGEE CAMP, Cameroon (New York Times) — Hold the bomb under your armpit to keep it steady, the women and girls were taught.

Sever your enemy’s head from behind, to minimize struggling.

“If you cut from the back of the neck, they die faster,” said Rahila Amos, a Nigerian grandmother describing the meticulous instruction she received from Boko Haram to become a suicide bomber.

Of all the many horrors of Boko Haram’s rampage across West Africa — the attacks on mosques, churches and schools; the mass killings of civilians; the entire villages left in ashes after militants tear through — one of the most baffling has been its ability to turn captured women and girls into killers.

Boko Haram, one of the world’s deadliest extremist groups, has used at least 105 women and girls in suicide attacks since June 2014, when a woman set off a bomb at an army barracks in Nigeria, according to The Long War Journal, which tracks terrorist activity.

Since then, women and girls, often with bombs hidden in baskets or under their clothes, have killed hundreds of people in attacks on fish and vegetable markets, schools, a river dock and even camps for people who have fled their homes to escape the violence.

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