Monday, April 13, 2015

Boko Haram Abducts,Rapes,Enslaves 2K Women; Amnesty Report: Islamists Killed 5500 Civilians

Boko Haram -- the radical Islamist militant group in Nigeria -- abducted, raped, and enslaved at least 2,000 women, and subjected them to forced marriages, stonings, and sexual slavery during the past year, according to a new report that berates Nigeria's "dismal" security situation, the Independent (British) website reports today (April 13, 2015).

The Amnesty International report -- based on more than 150 witness accounts -- charges the Islamist militants with the deaths of more than 5,500 civilians and paints the most detailed picture yet of the oppression inflicted upon young women.

Boko Haram members should be brought to justice over war crimes such as "rapes, sexual slavery, and other forms of sexual violence," according to the Amnesty study, published a year after the group abducted 276 schoolgirls from a secondary school in Chibok, Nigeria.

Soon after taking control of a town, militants implemented restrictions of movement -- particularly on women -- the report says. Failure to attend daily Islamic prayers was punishable by public flogging.

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