22 Apr 2015
A report released last Tuesday by Amnesty International highlighting the brutality displayed by Boko Haram estimates that over 2,000 women and girls have been abducted by the Nigerian militant group since the start of 2014, and some have been trained to “kill and slaughter” infidels.
The report, which features nearly 200 witness interviews, including 28 with abducted women or girls who have escaped, detailed the jihadi group’s systemic kidnappings of women and children and relentless killing of men.
The investigation estimates that Boko Haram is responsible for killing over 5,500 civilians during 2014 and the first part of this year, as it has raided or attacked over 300 villages and towns.
Additionally, witnesses said that the extremist group is not only forcing the kidnapped females into marriages and sex slavery with jihadis but is also training abducted women to shoot guns and conduct raids on villages.
Nineteen-year-old Aisha, who was abducted by Boko Haram while attending a friend’s wedding last September, told Amnesty International that Boko Haram militants kidnapped her, her sister, the bride and the bride’s sister from the wedding.
She added that they were taken to a Boko Haram camp in Gullak in the Adamawa state, where about 100 other abducted girls were also held. After a week, Aisha explained that the militants forced the bride and the bride’s sister to marry jihadi fighters; while Aisha said she was forced to undergo combat training.
“They used to train girls how to shoot guns. I was among the girls trained to shoot,” Aisha said. “I was also trained how to use bombs and how to attack a village. This training went on for three weeks after we arrived. Then they started sending some of us to operations.”
Sources: International Christian Concern, The Christian Post
� Prayer Points
- Ask the Lord to intervene, to bring an end to the suffering and restore the women and girls to their families.
- Pray the Lord will frustrate the plans of Boko Haram and bring their reign of terror in Nigeria to an end. Pray for those in the government and military attempting to rescue kidnap victims and prevent further violence.
- Pray for the members of Boko Haram; may the Holy Spirit work in the hearts of many, to remove hatred and bring conviction of sin and guilt. May many of them come to know the Lord.