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Outrage as Nigerian schoolgirls reportedly sold as wives

Outrage As Nigerian Schoolgirls Reportedly Sold As Wives

It's been more than two weeks since 234 schoolgirls were kidnapped by militants in northeastern Nigeria, and their fate is still unknown. The girls' families are relying on rumors for news, and those rumors have become even more disturbing.

A Guardian reporter in Nigeria says the latest word is that the girls have been taken out of the country into neighboring Chad and Cameroon, and are being sold to the militants as wives for the bride price of around $12 USD each.

The mass kidnapping took place April 14 at a boarding school near territory controlled by the Islamist group Boko Haram. Militants, posing as soldiers, rounded up the girls at gunpoint and loaded them onto trucks, according to ABC.

About 40 of the girls managed to escape, but nearly 200 are still being held captive, and their families say the government just isn't doing enough to rescue them.

According Al Jazeera, Two days after the abduction, the Nigerian military announced it had freed nearly all of the girls. That of course turned out not to be true.

So the military's promise that it's now doing everything in its power to rescue the girls rings hollow for many Nigerians. One activist told the BBC:

"There is no effort at all that is being expended by the government to reach out and get these children. We're very sure."

Wednesday, hundreds of women gathered in the capital Abuja to protest government inaction, and reporters say the victims' families have started trying to rescue the girls themselves, according to ITV.

One BBC reporter even wryly observed that the U.K.'s foreign secretary has said more about the missing girls than Nigeria's own president.

The families of the missing girls are planning another rally for Saturday.

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gkmoore4103 May 01 2014 at 10:25 AM

This should be over by Monday.... I just received an E-mail from there saying I had won the US equivalent of 10 million dollars, and to contact them for delivery instructions, I told them to please keep it and use it to secure the release of these Girls. I just couldn't keep that money with a clear conscious knowing what life is like over there! I would like to encourage all of you who win the World lottery, or get willed Millions from an unknown stranger, to do the same. After we end slavery, we can work on world hunger!

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Hidget gkmoore4103 May 01 2014 at 11:22 AM

While you're at it, hire someone to write your material, because you're not funny, obviously in need of attention, and could probably do stand up in hell.

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pacifichvacdepot May 01 2014 at 12:04 PM

Where is the UN?

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Jack Black May 01 2014 at 12:07 PM

**** hole country proving why it is a third world nation and why it shall remain a third world nation because they are just incappable of being civilized.

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maqita Jack Black May 01 2014 at 12:44 PM

How civilized can you be based on your own baised comment?

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Jack Black May 01 2014 at 12:12 PM

Wipe em all out and take over the land to support the civilized world

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manfrombighorn May 01 2014 at 12:19 PM

Sad. It had to be the Islamic militants, right? Say it, AOL. Geez.

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mnlaura1 May 01 2014 at 12:20 PM

Blacks selling blacks into slavery... nothing new. This is a horrible example of what happens on a daily basis over there, and in that culture. Those of us women who have the advantage of being born in the U.S., where both the culture and the laws of the nation protect women from such treatment, need to fight, and keep fighting, to eradicate it in those places where it runs rampant.

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mafazyt May 01 2014 at 12:28 PM

In a 2009 BBC interview, Mohammed Yusuf, then the ignorant leader of boko haram("education is sinful"), stated his belief that the fact of a spherical Earth is contrary to Islamic teaching and should be rejected, along with Darwinian evolution and the fact of rain originating from water evaporated by the sun.
They continue to attack women and children unless they are a part of the backward, violent, jihad-friendly world of boko haram.

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vafilec_39 mafazyt May 01 2014 at 1:22 PM

That's why loving mothers nowadays make sure their daughters, & granddaughters learn to shoot (classes that teach these things are available), here in OUR USA. You can say I don't want my daughters doing that until yours becomes a victim of one of these jihadists, then you just might change your attitude of wanting your daughters to defend themselves..

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mafazyt May 01 2014 at 12:33 PM

West Africa has a long history of human trafficking, wars and kidnapping women and young chidlren. Then, the arabs came and took it to a whole 'nother level, taking over entire sections of North Africa and parts of West Africa. Portuguese then made deals with the Nigerians and tribes from Ghana to take slaves to Brazil, West Indies, Carribean. I know adults today who had no idea blacks are in Cuba and Brazil because their ancestors were slaves! they just thought they magically appeared there or something , or thought they were indigenous! and only know about the slavery of America.

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maqita mafazyt May 01 2014 at 1:09 PM

You sir are sick, and a big liar.

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mafazyt maqita May 01 2014 at 1:38 PM

Portugal had African slaves on sugar plantations in South America and West Indies way before any American ship sailed anywhere.
If "stealing" people was so easy, why not take people from close by? why do it if it meant you would literally hunt people in a very remote and hostile environment AFTER you had to sail there and depend on winds and waves?
Because the Arabs were already the middle man, my friend. They made the deals, and the Americans(long after everyone else was involved) simply showed up to collect what the Arabs and West Africans had conspired to do---sell unfriendly tribes to others.

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rwski May 01 2014 at 12:41 PM

Muslims take children as "wives" but conceal that their ugly motives are to mold them into their sex slaves, fulfilling their most vile fantasies. Sharia Law is utterly disgusting and perverted.

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gamaofsix May 01 2014 at 12:42 PM


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