I’m outraged at the recent kidnappings by Boko Haram in the same location where the 200 Chibok Girls were kidnapped in April which sparked international attention and the #BringBackOurGirls campaign.
Aji Khalil, the leader of a local group set up to defend villagers, said Boko Haram militants abducted about 91 persons including 30 young boys and men.
“Some suspected Boko Haram members invaded and kidnapped 91 persons. More than 60 married women and young girls as well as children, young men were forcefully taken away by Boko Haram terrorists. Four villagers who tried to escape were shot dead on the spot,” he told reporters.
A local government official in Borno state, Nigeria, reported similar figures.
“More than 60 women were hijacked and forcefully taken away by the terrorists,” he said. The village of Kummabza was destroyed, and survivors fled.
I’m outraged that Chibok girls kidnapped more than two months ago have not being found. I’m equally enraged that the Nigerian Government has done almost nothing to protect these extremely vulnerable villagers from the wrath of Boko Haram. The activities of Boko Haram is nearly a daily event in Nigeria now. Nigeria is now rated the 6th country with the highest rate of kidnappings. Amnesty International estimated that more than 1,500 people were killed in north-east Nigeria in the first three months of this year, but intensifying attacks
since then may have doubled that number.
The UN agency for refugees, UNHCR, said last week that about 650,000 Nigerians had been displaced in the north of the country as a result of Boko Haram attacks.
People are dying daily in vicious and ruthless attacks, many are getting displaced and homeless, kidnappings and rape are rising and a humanitarian crises is building. The most dangerous thing is this: we are keeping silent. The Nigerian Government and the UN must not keep quiet while the Boko Haram ravages the country. If we do, the situation might most likely get out of hand and we might risk experiencing what is currently happening in Iraq.