Nigeria: Eleven Parents of Missing School Girls Killed in Boko Haram Attack

Chibok after Boko Haram bombings. (Photo: TalkofNaija.com)

Chibok after Boko Haram bombings. (Photo: TalkofNaija.com)

Al Jazeera is reporting that at least 11 parents of the 200+ missing school girls in Chibok have been killed in a Boko Haram attack on Tuesday. The attack took place on the 100th day since the missing school girls were kidnapped. The author writes:

“Seven fathers of kidnapped girls were among 51 bodies brought to Chibok hospital after an attack on the nearby village of Kautakari this month, a health worker told AP news agency on Tuesday.

The worker asked for anonymity for fear of reprisals by Boko Haram, an Islamic armed group that claimed responsibility for the mass abduction of the girls.

At least four more parents have died of heart failure, high blood pressure and other illnesses that the community blames on trauma due to the abductions, said community leader Pogu Bitrus.

‘One father of two of the girls kidnapped just went into a kind of coma and kept repeating the names of his daughters, until life left him,’ Bitrus told AP.”

Boko Haram has intensified attacks on the Chibok region, which has now been cut off due to the frequent attacks. Planes are no longer being allowed in the region and survivors of the attacks are leaving the area.

Some also speculate that there are more missing girls than accounted for because parents are withholding their names for fear of stigmatization of the girls (rape, forced religious conversion) if they are found and brought home.

Although authorities say they know the location of the girls, they believe it is too dangerous to go in and get them. As for the inability or unwillingness to protect Chibok, there has been little to no information.

Read more at Al Jazeera.

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