Schoolgirls Kidnapped in Nigeria Being Forced to Marry Their Captors

Boko Haram militants selling abducted girls into marriage for $12

Lisa Valadez | 4/30/2014, 7:18 p.m.
Parents demand increased government action to find schoolgirls kidnapped two weeks ago by the extremist group Boko Haram.
A mother wails at demonstration in Abuja, Nigeria GBEMIGA OLAMIKAN/AP

LAGOS, Nigeria – Scores of girls and young women kidnapped from a school in Nigeria are being forced to marry their Islamic extremist abductors, a civil society group reported Wednesday.

Mothers demonstrate in Nigeria demanding help in finding their kidnapped daughters

GBEMIGA OLAMIKAN/AP

Mothers demonstrate in Nigeria demanding help in finding their kidnapped daughters

Parents say the girls are being sold into marriage to Boko Haram militants for 2,000 naira ($12), Halite Aliyu of the Borno-Yobe People's Forum told The Associated Press. She said the parents' information 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 immediately verify the reports.

The Nigerian government needs to get international help to rescue the more than 200 missing girls kidnapped in the northeast by the Boko Haram terrorist network two weeks ago, said a federal senator for the area in northeastern Nigeria.

"The latest reports are that they have been taken across the borders, some to Cameroon and Chad," Aliyu said. It was not possible to immediately verify the reports.

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