Boko Haram seizing slave ‘brides’ in Nigeria

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In the gloom of a hilltop cave in Nigeria where she was held captive, Hajja had a knife pressed to her throat by a man who gave her a choice – convert to Islam or die.

Two gunmen from Boko Haram had seized the Christian teenager in July as she picked corn near her village in the Gwoza hills, a remote part of northeastern Nigeria where a six-month-old government offensive is struggling to contain an insurgency by the al Qaeda-linked Islamist group.

In a new development, Boko Haram is abducting Christian women whom it converts to Islam on pain of death and then forces into "marriage" with fighters — a tactic that recalls Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army in the jungles of Uganda.

The three months Hajja spent as the slave of a 14-strong guerrilla unit, cooking and cleaning for them before she escaped, give a rare glimpse into how the Islamists have changed tack in the face of Nigerian military pressure.

"I can't sleep when I think of being there," the 19-year-old told Reuters, recounting forced mountain marches, rebel intelligence gathering – and watching her captors slit the throats of prisoners Hajja had helped lure into a trap.

Written By: Thomson Reuters
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10 COMMENTS

  1. whom it converts to Islam on pain of death and then forces into “marriage” …

    … cooking and cleaning for them before she escaped

    Has the article been sanitised? No repeated rape by her “husband”?

    • In reply to #3 by Miserablegit:

      Sadly these Islamic fascists are living down to expectations.

      I wonder when we will hear a fatwa has been issued against them for bringing Islam into disrepute.

      My guess is never. Anyone want to bet against me?

      • In reply to #6 by N_Ellis:

        In reply to #3 by Miserablegit:

        Sadly these Islamic fascists are living down to expectations.

        I wonder when we will hear a fatwa has been issued against them for bringing Islam into disrepute.

        My guess is never. Anyone want to bet against me?

        If you’re expecting a year’s subscription to Playboy* you might want a more achievable time scale.

  2. Boko Haram is the short name for Congregation of the People of Tradition for Proselytism and Jihad

    The name means “Western education is sinful”

    Haram the Arabic word for anything you are not supposed to do. Muslims spend an inordinate amount of time discovering just what precisely is haram and what is not.

    It seems odd their word for “western education” would be terser than ours.

  3. I heard a woman Sally Armstrong being interviewed today on CBC Radio. She has written a book Ascent of Women.

    Basically, she said females all over the world are mostly young and feisty, and fighting hard for female equality, and winning. She figures there will be a “tipping point” in a few more years when there is a major shift. Even Yemen backed down.

    Even in the most backward places, women are using the Internet, Facebook, cell phones… to organise.

    Gandhi pointed out in quite different words that there comes a point where every additional atrocity no longer creates fear, but rather disgust and contempt.

    I compare this period with the bloody civil rights marches in the USA. All that conflict was actually a sign of rapid progress.

    Anyway, it was nice to hear someone enthusiastic and optimistic about demolishing Islamic and Catholic patriarchy.

  4. In reply to #4 by Roedy:

    I seem to recall reading in the Qur’an that conversion had to be voluntary or it did not count. I guess as is Christianity, folks feel free to make up their own rules.

    There is a passage in the Q (2.256) that says there is no compulsion in religion but that is from the Meccan part of the Q when M was trying persuade people to recognise him as a prophet. M’s own behaviour indicated that he ignored this statement once he became the tyrant of Medina.

    I once saw a TV program in which an Imam stated that when someone says the Shahada to convert, it must be said in Arabic with sincerity. A shadada said with a knife at ones throat is obviously not sincere and so the person has not really converted. The Christian priests in Northern Nigeria should check the universality of this doctrine and if it is universally accepted, tell their congregations that they are not denying their beliefs if forced to say the Shahada, merely indulging in takiya, a Shia Muslim doctrine that permits deception in order to protect ones beliefs.

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