Hundreds more have been freed after authorities began cracking down on illegally operated Islamic reform schools in northern Nigeria, where mostly male students have been chained, beaten, enslaved, starved and, in many cases, raped.
In its decade-long campaign of violence in Nigeria, the Islamic terrorist organization Boko Haram has recruited and enslaved more than 8,000 children. That number is part of a new United Nations report released on Monday.
The woman who led the global campaign to free Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram extremists said Thursday she was dropping out of the race for Nigeria’s presidency to form an opposition coalition ahead of next month’s election.
Two of Nigeria’s largest Christian associations have warned of grave consequences, including an open “religious war,” if a 15-year-old Christian girl kidnapped by Islamic radical group Boko Haram dies in captivity.
The Nigerian Army revealed that close to 1,000 hostages, mainly women and children, have been freed following a massive week-long battle against Islamic radical group Boko Haram in northeastern Nigeria.