An African human rights group said that the more than 270 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Islamic militants Boko Haram have most likely been raped and face a life of sexual slavery if not rescued, the Christian Post website reports today (May 9, 2014).
"We can safely assume that the abducted girls have been raped by their captors, if not worse," said Rona Peligal, deputy director for the Africa Division of Human Rights Watch. "If they return home, they could be traumatized and stigmatized if they are known to be raped, pregnant, or with child from their abductors. What happens if they're trafficked would likely pale by comparison."
The Nigerian girls -- most of them Christians -- were taken last month from an all-girls school in Chibok, Borno State, after armed Islamic militants stormed in with trucks.
While Boko Haram has been waging war on the Nigerian government and has targeted Christians for over five years, the kidnappings have sparked an international outcry, with the U.S. announcing this week that it would send military, intelligence, and law enforcement agents to Nigeria to help with the search and rescue of the girls.