On Friday November 29, 2013, Nigerian Islamic extremists militant group Boko Haram was accused by Human Rights Watch (an international non-governmental organization that conducts research and advocacy on human rights) of abducting countless of women and girls and using children as young as 12 years old as child solders.
The 98 page report entitled “Spiraling Violence: Boko Haram Attacks and Security Force Abuses in Nigeria,” details the brutalities for which Boko Haram has claimed responsibility since it first emerged in 2009 claiming nearly 3,000 lives. The report, which includes a poignant photo essay, was complied using field research in Nigeria between July 2010 and July 2012, in conjunction of the continuous monitoring of media reports of Boko Haram attacks and statements since 2009.
The militant group’s attacks have primarily targeted police and other governmental agencies and both Christians and Muslims who are suspected of cooperating with the government.
This group under the shroud of religion according to the report killed, mutilated, abducted, and raped tons of Nigerian women and girls. The extremist group has been also been accused of terrorist attacks in the past such as burning down schools and bombing both newspaper offices and the United Nations building in the Nigerian capital of Abuja. Boko Haram’s deadliest attack occurred in September 2013 when the organization raided the town of Benisheik and killed at least 142 people. The report cites that the Nigerian government has a role in protecting its citizens and it has not protected them against this treat. Nigeria’s history of poverty, corruption and turning a blind eye to certain crimes has made the nation a playground for this appalling behavior.
Human Rights Watch claims that after interviewing 60 victims of Boko Haram (which translates to “western education is sinful”) that this organization is responsible for the most reprehensible sordid acts to society. The Civilian Joint Task Force rescued 26 abducted Nigerian women and girls who were found pregnant or with babies. The regime adducted these girls while they were selling goods in the street or working in farms in rural villages.
Doesn’t this organization sound a lot like Al-Qaeda? Why aren’t these atrocities broadcasted in mainstream media to the extent that attacks in the Middle East are? Do you think that American intervention could cease the massacre of the Nigerian people?