The 200 school girls kidnapped months ago by the terror group Boko Haram in Nigeria have been reportedly converted to Islam and married off according to Associated Press. This means any chance of rescuing these girls is now farfetched. The leader of Boko Haram Abubakar Shekau said “The issue of the girls is long forgotten because I have long ago married them off,” and “in this war, there is no going back,” he said in the video received by The Associated Press.
What would become of these girls is beyond the reasoning of common sense because if this is true and the girls are indeed married to Boko Haram fighters then the marriage would be most certainly consummated with or without the consent of the girls. Since they are hardcore Islamist, there will be concerted effort to get these girls pregnant which would further complicate the matter. Nigeria is a very male dominated society and sex before marriage is still a taboo. So if these girls are ever rescued they will be ostracized by society and even perhaps by their own family.
With so many new developments having taken place in the last few months, the plight of these girls was forgotten and was lost in news cycle. Also the Nigerian government also has to be blamed for their lax approach and now even the international community is responsible to some level. But the inaction and incompetency of the Nigerian government headed by President Goodluck Jonathan and the military for not taking strong measure will forever leave a indelible mark on the lives and future of these girls.
Boko Haram will never stop and the killing and kidnapping of girls will continue because to their sick and twisted mindset, these girls are nothing but sex slaves cloaked under the institution of marriage. These girls are nothing to these violent illiterates but a vassal to bear their offspring’s and act as comfort women.
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