Thursday, May 1, 2014
Africa and Islam: Nigerians have taken to the streets to demand that the government do more to rescue scores of girls abducted by Muslim militants
Islamic militants seized about 230 girls in the dead of the night at a high school in the nation's far northeast, a hotbed for Islamist group Boko Haram. Armed men herded the girls out of bed and forced them into trucks on April 16, 2014 in the town of Chibok. The convoy of trucks then disappeared into the dense forest bordering Cameroon. Roughly 200 girls are still missing. Boko Haram's name translates to "Western education is a sin" in the local language. The group especially opposes the education of women. Under its version of Sharia law, women should be at home raising children and looking after their husbands, not at school learning to read and write. Rights groups say that the militants kidnap girls to perform chores and sexual services.