The abuse of more than 500 women and girls since 2009 has been detailed in a Human Rights Watch report that says they are whipped, beaten or killed unless they convert to Islam. Many have also been raped or forced to accompany the group on operations. One victim explained how Muslims and Christian women are treated differently by the terrorist group. “They told the Muslims to stand to one side and the four of us Christians to the other – they released the Muslims but kept us”, she said. Another victim, captured in September 2013, was forced to carry bullets for Boko Haram during operations.
According to AFP, around 30 adolescents some of them girls aged as young as 11 have been abducted in northeast Nigeria by suspected Boko Haram rebels. “The insurgents… grabbed young people, boys and girls, from our region,” said Alhaji Shettima Maina, who is in charge of the Mafa village around 50 kilometres (30 miles) east of Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state. “They took all boys aged 13 and over… and all girls aged 11 and more. According to our information, 30 young people were abducted in the last two days.” SEE MORE ON PAGE 2