One of the most famous crusaders for girls’ rights to study, Malala Yousafzai, has also pitched in. In 2009, Malala herself was attacked by extremists in Pakistan who wanted to stop girls from attending school, just like those in Nigeria.
It hummed along until April 30 when news broke that hundreds of the girls would likely be shared with Islamic militants as wives — read: sex slaves — or sold for $12 at local markets.
“We have heard from members of the forest community where they took the girls,” one man told his family of the girls’ fate. “They said there had been mass marriages and the girls are being shared out as wives among the Boko Haram militants.”
The girl’s father fainted, the Guardian reported, and has since been hospitalized. But the news got worse. Village elder Pogo Bitrus told Agence France Presse locals had consulted with “various sources” in the nation’s forested northeast. “From the information we received yesterday from Cameroonian border towns our abducted girls were taken… into Chad and Cameroon,” he said, adding that each girl was sold as a bride to Islamist militants for 2,000 naira — $12.
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