The parents of two of the nearly 300 Nigerian schoolgirls recently kidnapped by Boko Haram have identified their daughters in a recent video released by the terrorist group.
According to Dumoma Mpur, the chairman of the parent-teachers association at Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, Nigeria, a mother identified her daughter as one of the girls wearing a full-length hijab and praying in the video that was released Monday.
"The video got parents apprehensive again after watching it but the various steps taken by the governments and the coming of the foreign troops is boosting our spirit, even though I have not seen any one soldier in Chibok yet," Mpur told Reuters by telephone. more >>
WASHINGTON – A teenage girl whose family was murdered nearly three years ago by Boko Haram for being Christian has finally spoken about her experience.
Deborah Peters, a native of Northern Nigeria who is now 15, described the murder of her father and brother at the hands of Boko Haram at a Hudson Institute event on Tuesday afternoon.
Peters was from Chibok, the very same village that terrorists raided in April and abducted hundreds of school girls, forcing them into marriages with Boko Haram leadership. more >>
The Rev. Kristopher Keating, executive director at World Horizons USA, a Christian non-profit organization working in more than 30 countries, said the recent abduction of 300 girls from a school in Nigeria and resulting international uproar could be the end of Boko Haram in the country. Keating is in Nigeria this week to pray and stand in solidarity with those affected by the kidnapping and other acts of terrorism involving young children.
"People are hungry to know that their suffering here is not going unnoticed, that reports of this particular instance of large scale abduction are, for seemingly the first time in this country, causing people to take to demonstration and public outcry against Boko Haram," Keating told The Christian Post on Monday evening. "This could be a catalyzing event that breaks Boko Haram in Nigeria."
Some of the Nigerian girls who managed to escape after armed men from the Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram kidnapped them last month shared their stories, while the governor of the state where the incident took place says more than 200 girls still captive have been sighted. more >>
A news article in last Friday's New York Times sets out to explore why the United States waited until November 2013 to designate Nigeria's Boko Haram as a "foreign terrorist organization." In light of the group's latest atrocity – the kidnapping and enslaving of over 200 schoolgirls in Nigeria's Borno state last month – this is a very good question.
The article makes the point that the terrorist designation was made after Hillary Clinton resigned as secretary of state, and confirms reporting that it came after a two-year debate in which "the Justice Department, the F.B.I., American intelligence officials and counterterrorism officials in the State Department" all called for the designation but State ultimately opposed it.
Clinton's then–assistant secretary for African affairs, Johnny Carson, tells the Times that State opposed the designation for "for six or seven different reasons," which boil down to an equal measure of fear of the affect on Boko Haram, possibly making it seem more important and popular, and wariness of legitimizing a Nigerian government crackdown. State counterterrorism official Daniel Benjamin essentially gives a "what difference does it make?" shrug, stating: "Designation was one of many tools and not the most urgently needed one in dealing with the Nigerians. " more >>
UPDATE: The screening takes place on May 13th at 7 p.m., not on May 12th as the organizers previously reported.
The film producer of a new political thriller yet to be publicly released is hosting a prescreening fundraising event at a Southern California church to help purchase a home for the family of Pastor Saeed Abedini, who is being held captive in Iran for his faith.
Daniel Lusko, writer and director of the film "Persecuted," has partnered with Joshua Springs Calvary Chapel to host the movie event at the Rancho Mirage 16 Theater in Palm Springs, Calif., on May 13th at 7 p.m. more >>
The over 270 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Islamic militants Boko Haram have likely been raped and face a life of sexual slavery if not rescued, a human rights group in Africa said.
"We can safely assume that the abducted girls have been raped by their captors, if not worse," said Rona Peligal, deputy director for the Africa Division of Human Rights Watch, according to FoxNews.com. "If they return home, they could be traumatized and stigmatized if they are known to be raped, pregnant or with child from their abductors. What happens if they're trafficked would likely pale by comparison."
The Nigerian girls, most of them Christians, were taken last from an all-girls school in Chibok, Borno State, last month, after armed Islamic militants stormed in with trucks. more >>