We reported earlier on the attacks on Christians by Islamic fanatics in northern Nigeria, including a recent outrage, the kidnapping of some 200 teen age girls from school, presumably to be used as cooks, cleaning help and sex slaves.
Now we learn from an AP report in the Boston Globe that the girls are being sold as wives to Muslim fighters for $12 and forced to marry them.
Girls being forced to wed abductors
Anger in Nigeria at lack of action in kidnappings
By Michelle Faul in the Boston Globe for the Associated Press
LAGOS, Nigeria -- Scores of girls and young women kidnapped from a school in Nigeria are being forced to marry their Islamist extremist abductors, a civic organization reported Wednesday.
At the same time, the Boko Haram terrorist network is negotiating over the students' fate and is demanding an unspecified ransom for their release, a Borno state community leader said.
He said the Wednesday night message from the abductors also claimed that two of the girls have died from snake bites.
The message was sent to a member of a presidential committee mandated last year to mediate a ceasefire with the Islamist extremists, said the civic leader, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak about the talks.
The news of negotiations comes as parents say the girls are being sold into marriage to Boko Haram militants. The students are being paid $12 to marry the fighters, Halite Aliyu of the Borno-Yobe People's Forum said. She said the parents' information about mass weddings is coming from villagers in the Sambisa Forest, on Nigeria's border with Cameroon, where Boko Haram is known to have hideouts.
''The latest reports are that they have been taken across the borders, some to Cameroon and Chad,'' Aliyu said.