Report Shows Boko Haram’s Barbaric Treatment of Hostages

This may be the most difficult story I’ve written for WORLD yet.

Although the Nigerian government recently claimed Boko Haram would release the 219 Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped earlier this year, the captives have not been freed. And the Islamic militant group has continued to abduct more women and girls, primarily from Christian villages. A new report sheds light on the horror of their captivity.

Human Rights Watch (HRW), an international organization devoted to exposing human rights abuse, released a report called “Those Terrible Weeks in Their Camp” on Oct. 27, detailing Boko Haram’s brutality. The report’s authors interviewed many escaped kidnapping victims, witnesses, social workers, religious leaders, journalists, and others experts.

The report confirmed female hostages experienced forced marriages, sexual abuse including rape, beatings and other violence, servitude, and even compulsory participation in military operations.

Continue reading at WORLD’s website.

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