Nigeria's Boko Haram abducted 2,000 women and girls: report




 
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April 14th, 2015  
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By Emma Farge and Alex Whiting DAKAR/LONDON - Boko Haram Islamic militants have kidnapped at least 2,000 girls and women since the start of last year, turning them into cooks, sex slaves and fighters, and sometimes killing those who refused to comply, Amnesty International said on Tuesday. The human rights group's 90-page report based on dozens of interviews with witnesses and escaped abductees comes a year after the group seized more than 200 schoolgirls from Chibok, a community deep inside an area of northeastern Nigeria the fighters claimed as their caliphate. Boko Haram's leader, Abubakar Shekau, claims the girls had been "married off" to his fighters. Amnesty's report said that Boko Haram, meaning Western education is sinful in Hausa, routinely rounded up women and girls after taking control of a town and held them in houses or prisons.




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