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Rights Group: Nigeria's Boko Haram Steps Up Kidnapping

Monday, 27 Oct 2014 07:06 AM

The Nigerian Islamist militant group Boko Haram is stepping up its campaign of kidnapping, especially of students and Christians, in its battle against the government, Human Rights Watch said.

While the April 14 seizure more than 200 schoolgirls from the northeastern town of Chibok was the group’s biggest abduction, it’s carried out kidnappings before and after that incident, Human Rights Watch said today in a report. Boko Haram has taken at least 500 women and girls since 2009 and subjected them to forced marriages, conversion to Islam and rape, it said.

“The relative ease with which Boko Haram carried out the Chibok abductions seems to have emboldened it to step up abductions elsewhere,” the New York-based group said.

Shettima Maina, chairman of the Mafa district in the northeastern state of Borno, said yesterday that about 30 youths had been kidnapped within the past few days, and communities were suffering daily attacks.

“Many households have had to escape to Maiduguri and other neighboring towns for fear of being killed or losing their children,” he told reporters in Maiduguri, the state capital.

Boko Haram has intensified its campaign of abductions since May 2013, when Nigeria imposed a state of emergency in three northeastern states where the insurgency is most active, the New York-based group said.

“The Nigerian government has failed to adequately protect women and girls from a myriad of abuses, provide them with effective support and mental health and medical care after captivity, ensure access to safe schools, or investigate and prosecute those responsible for the abuses,” it said.

Nigeria announced on Oct. 17 it had agreed a cease-fire with the Islamist group, which has killed more than 13,000 people since 2009, according to President Goodluck Jonathan. Since the truce was reported, violence has continued unabated, especially in the northeast of Africa’s biggest oil producer.

 

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