Jihadism of sex slave driving in Nigeria: Group

American activists condemning the Christian massacre in Nigeria argue that jihadist violence is partly motivated by efforts to enslave women and girls.

“Most of the individuals captured by Boko Haram’s jihadists are young women and girls who were forcibly taken away and trafficked as slave conc.” statement The Nigerian Emancipation Proclamation Commission (CFNS) demonstrated on Saturday, June 5th, around a signboard in downtown Omaha.

“They endure horrific abuse and abuse. An example of one of these victims appears on the sign. She is 18 years old. Rare SharibWas kidnapped from her school in Dutch, Nigeria in 2018, “event organizer Stephen Enada told The Epoch Times.

According to Dapchi’s Leah Foundation, Sharibu refused to withdraw her Christian faith, so she was enslaved for life and is reportedly still in captivity in northeastern Nigeria. .. The CFNS made the same claim in a demonstration in downtown Minneapolis in May.

Governor Sani Bello of Niger mentioned the seizure of slaves and sex slaves when he told Channels TV on April 26 that a riot known as Boko Haram occupied the town of Shiroro in the state.

“My wife was confiscated and forced to be associated with members of Boko Haram,” the governor said. “They claim it to be their territory and will use it the same way they have used the San Visa Forest,” he said, and has been used by rebels since 2009. Mentioned a desert covered with thorny bushes.

Nigeria, a key ally of the United States, is ranked third in the 2020 Global Terrorism Index (GTI) among the most affected countries of terrorism. The complex geopolitical conflict in Nigeria has claimed the lives of more than 60,000 people since the outbreak of Boko Haram.

Experts focusing on West Africa warn that if Nigeria slips into an Islamist state or an ungovernable territory with the largest population in Africa, most of West Africa could quickly follow suit. ..

On April 14, 2014, after Boko Haram kidnapped 276 girls at a public school in Chibok, Borno, the slogan “Regain our girls” was endorsed by President Michelle Obama. “The original purpose of the Chibok raid was not to get a ransom, but to marry a Boko Haram combatant and a student,” London-based defense consultant David Otto told the Epoch Times. T.

In the weeks that followed, the girls were released in groups, but to date 112 of the Chibok girls were missing and either died in captivity or were forced to marry a terrorist. It may have been done. For the next seven years, Boko Haram and other terrorist groups have kidnapped hundreds of women and girls for ransom, some have been retained as slaves, according to media reports.

“According to Otto, many women and girls captured and enslaved by Boko Haram and detained in hidden outposts in the Lake Chad region, along with weapons, equipment and grocery stores, have been enslaved by the Islamic State of West Africa (ISWAP). I was caught again.

Boko Haram’s longtime leader Abubakar Shekau committed suicide on May 18 in a hideout in the Sanbissa Forest, as reported by The Wall Street Journal and the Epoch Times on May 21. According to Otto. And the internal conflict between Boko Haram’s supporters and the large-scale dominant ISWAP intensified in the next four weeks.

“It is said that several holy warriors were killed from both sides of the Bakura group due to internal conflict. [Boko Haram loyalists] ISWAP combatants have been reported to have successfully kidnapped and carried away some of their wives, weapons, and groceries.ISWAP leaders, including vulnerable women, were enslaved and retained as sex slaves from a Shekau-led camp in the same location. ” report On his website.

“In retaliation, sources led by the ISWAP faction planned and launched a retaliation attack on stubborn Bakura troops, regaining some of the wives, ammunition, and remaining groceries previously carried away by the Bakura faction. Both sides lost several fighters in the battle, “Otto wrote.

The link between Shekau’s tendency to sexual slavery and the tradition of slave hunting in the Lake Chad region over 100 years ago report Published in 2018 on the website “Africa is a Country” by three scholars.

“The colonial existence in northern Cameroon and northeastern Nigeria was characterized by the survival of slavery, which lasted until at least the 1940s and, until recently, in a dilute form.” boundary.”

The infamous slave predator, the Fula man, Haman Yaji, left behind a sneaky legacy of capturing and trading women, so the people of the Mandara Mountains on the border between Nigeria and Cameroon are still Boko. Haram is called “Hamaji”, and the giant Haman Yaji and Shekau.

Yaji celebrated his arrest and murder in an autobiography written between 1912 and 1927 detailing about 100 attacks by his militia in the Mandara Mountains between 1912 and 1927. ..

“Haman Yaji made money. He asked a Fula woman for a throbbing stick and paid for it as a slave. He bought a mat and paid with the slave. Gourd and stick. He paid people to buy, “according to interviews with authors Melchizedek Chetima, Scott McKean, and Walter van Beak.

The author cites an entry in Yaji’s diary, emphasizing the obsession with trafficking women and killing enemies that interfere with what he considers to be a divinely appointed mission. ..

“May 21st: … sent soldiers to Hadgdur and captured 20 girl slaves.

“June 11: … When I sent Bade to Ula, six female slaves and ten cows were captured and three men were killed.

“June 25: … I sent my compatriots to the heathens of Midiri and Bra, who captured 48 slave girls and 26 cows and killed 5 of them.

“July 6: … I sent my compatriots to Sina and captured 30 cows and 6 slave girls.”

“The analogy between Yaji and Shekau continues to be particularly impressive to the inhabitants of the Mandara Mountains: extreme violence, the arousal of the slave market, the idea of ​​being invested in a sacred mission, a semi-apocalyptic discourse. The creation of, the world is divided into “believers” and “unbelievers,” and the inspiration drawn from Islam is as easily recognizable in the historical moments of the past as it is today. ” ..

According to Kyle Ats, a member of the Commission’s Organizing Union, the Nigerian Slave Liberation Commission has linked slavery to what they perceive as a war against 100 million Christians in Nigeria. We plan to continue the campaign to announce it.

“In addition to the captive women becoming slave conc, hundreds, if not thousands, of boys have been drafted and brainwashed by the Boko Haram / ISWAP army. Why the world is? Do you ignore such a terrible infringement of children’s rights? “Mr. Ats said.

Douglas Burton can be contacted at [email protected]

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