“I kidnap your daughters will sell in the market, in the name of God.” With these words in a video broadcast on Monday, Aboubakar Shekau, leader of the terrorist group Boko Haram, announced its plans regarding the 223 youth kidnapped from a school in the town of Chibok, in northeastern Nigeria, on April 14. With a clearly threatening tone, the terrorist leader said he ” had already said that Western education was finished. Girls have to leave school and get married.” Also, a few teenagers, according to the message carried by Boko Haram, will be left to the radical organization to serve them as slaves and are forced to marry their members.
In the video, 57 minutes long, Shekau appears dressed in front of a military armored vehicle and two pickups with machine guns. Escorted by six terrorists, is expressed in Hausa, Arabic and English and directs, once again, his criticisms of democracy, Western education and those who do not follow the precepts of Islam.
For several days coincident circulating information regarding the whereabouts of the young girls, many of them between 17 and 18, who now seem to be confirmed. According to testimonies collected by France Press, and some have been sold for twelve dollars in border areas of Chad and Cameroon. Police also reported that initially the number of abducted was 276, but 53 of them managed to escape their captors and told that, after attacking the guards at the school, the terrorists got into the truck and moved next to a wooded area to Cameroon, where they were forced to cook for them. At first, many thought it was army because kidnappers were dressed in military.
Since the kidnapping occurred, the parents of girls and many civil society organizations have launched a wide campaign, which has intensified in recent days, demanding greater involvement on the Nigerian government in the search and rescue of girls, but also trying to mobilize the international community. The Nigerian community in New York has also starred in protest marches.
In this sense, the Nigerian president, Goodluck Jonathan, who admitted knowing the place where the girls were, claimed on Sunday during a televised interview that “we have spoken with countries from which we expect help and the United States was the first. Already I have spoken twice with President Obama. ” The response has also arrived this weekend from the hand of U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, who has said in an interview with The Washington Post that “we will do everything possible to help the Nigerian Government to return these young people their homes and to bring the perpetrators to justice. “
Chibok is located in the state Borno, principal stronghold of the terrorist group Boko Haram, which in the last ten years has caused more than 4,000 deaths in dozens of attacks and bombings in Nigeria and against whom Army waging undeclared war. This radical, the bloodiest of few group operating in Africa today seeks the implementation of sharia law throughout the country and the abandonment of Western education. However, members Chibok in mostly farmers, decided to ignore the threats from terrorists and educate their daughters in the only public school that exists in the locality.