Boko Haram’s most effective tool in suicide bombing missions are the unsuspecting children and teen girls they kidnap and brainwash, tricking them into becoming terrorists.
Over 2,000 girls have been kidnapped by Boko Haram, and the terror group is using an increasing number of children to carry out their suicide bombings. Many of the children are completely unsuspecting of what they’re being sent to do, while other teen girls are brainwashed into doing anything they’re asked.
Since 2009, the militant Islamist group, Boko Haram, has spread terror throughout Nigeria through abductions, bombings and beheadings. Over the past three years, as they try to create an Islamic state, the group has killed over 20,000 people and displaced over 2.3 million people from their homes and communities.
[pullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]“Boko Haram uses the image of a pure and candid girl as a means of getting closer to the community,” says Laurent Duvillier, UNICEF spokesperson for West and Central Africa. “Who would expect an eight-year-old girl to be an attacker? A girl might come knock on the door asking for water, but don’t know what they are doing and what is strapped on them. They follow what they are told, whilst the device is detonated by a Boko Haram cell phone far away.”[/pullquote]
As the terror group wipes out families and even entire villages, they will take the girls with them. Since the girls have nowhere else to go, they are easily brainwashed into believing these men will love and protect them, explained Hafsat Mohammed, a former journalist turned civil activist. She now provides counselling to numerous girls who were kidnapped and then managed to escape.
In April 2014, Boko Haram terrorists kidnapped over 200 girls from the town of Chibok in Borno State.
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