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Boko Haram on the March
90 More Children Abducted in Nigeria

With Iraq imploding and Russia steadily pressuring Ukraine, the ongoing crisis in Nigeria has dropped below the radar a little bit. But unconfirmed reports that Boko Haram has abducted 91 more young Nigerians from villages in the country’s northeast are now filtering in. The Telegraph writes that 60 girls and 31 boys are believed to have been taken:

Aji Khalil, of a local anti-Boko Haram group, said on Tuesday the abductions took place on Saturday in an attack in which four villagers were killed. Nigerian news reports suggested the attackers killed around thirty people and destroyed homes, causing villagers to flee for refuge in the neighbouring state of Adamawa.

Boko Haram has been demanding the release of detained members in exchange for its hostages. In May, its leader released a video in which he threatened to sell the kidnapped schoolgirls off as child brides if his demands were not met.

These kidnappings are only the latest tragedy in a country plagued by dysfunction and violence. The country is in flames, and things can still get far worse before they get better.

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  • Bruce

    Time for some new hashtags from the foreign policy geniuses, since the last one worked so well. Twitter is the solution to foreign policy problems. #Please let them go. #We’ll do anything you want. #Can we please have a dialogue about this? #Please!! #Waaaaahhhhhhhhh!

    • Curious Mayhem

      Tags of hash, as in ash-heap.

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