More news from Nigeria about the 234 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram and it’s not good. On April 14, Boko Haram kidnapped these schoolgirls from their dormitories while they were sleeping. Boko Haram is against education for females and engages in these kidnappings to discourage females from getting educated.
The relatives have been going out and searching for clues every day since the kidnapping. Due to a few of the girls escaping, the families knew to look in the forest. The families pool their money together every day and search the forest area, where the children were last reported to have been seen. There has been no news, until now.
Samson Dawah received information from a community in the forest that the girls had been in the area. The girls had been in a mass marriage and the girls are being shared out as wives of the Boko Haram militants. Samson fainted after telling the extended family the news.
But it got worse. The village elder, Pogo Bitrus, added that more information had come in from Cameroonian border towns that the girls had been sold out to Islamic militants for $12 each.
These families are becoming increasingly angry at their government. They feel that the government is not doing enough to get their girls back. Now they believe their girls to have been split into three different groups and taken into other countries.
And who can blame them? Boko Haram is wreaking havoc in this country. The group has killed 2,300 people since 2010. In the first four months of this year, there are reports of 1,500 people being killed in the sectarian violence in Nigeria. These numbers do not include those that have remained alive, those that have survived kidnappings, burnings, gunshot wounds and more.
The government, that has promised to help them, consistently puts out false information, leaving the families with false hope that turns to rage and bitterness. When it comes to leads, the government entities aren’t the ones coming up with them, it’s the families. These families, that are pooling their resources and going out everyday in order to find their girls, are the ones moving the case forward, not the government.
So what is being done, specifically, by the government? The US is providing counterterrorism assistance to the Nigerian government so that they may protect the citizenry and help stop Boko Haram. Is this money being used appropriately? Is the world seeing any progress? Should the US lend more aid? If so, what kind?
These are questions we should all be asking ourselves. Boko Haram, an off-shoot of al-Qaeda, is a terrorist organization waging war on all non-Islamic entities as well as Muslims that do not agree with them. They have stated that they will not stop until they have control of all of Nigeria and from there will wage war beyond the country’s boundaries. Is the world going to accept this?