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#BringBackOurGirls: Three Abducted Girls Dead, Eighteen Others Now Sick – Channel 4 News

The jihadis who kidnapped more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls two weeks ago say they are “willing to consider” the release of those who have not already been trafficked abroad and sold into marriage.

The girls’ abductors, who have been in regular direct contact with a government intermediary, also report that three of their teenaged captives have died – although they did not state how this happened. Eighteen others, they say, are now sick.

The intermediary told Channel 4 News that the al-Qaeda-affiliated group, Boko Haram, has threatened to kill the remaining hostages if there is any attempt by the Nigerian military to rescue the girls. Meanwhile in the capital Abuja, the Nigerian government is coming under intense public pressure to secure the girls’ release.

On Wednesday, the government admitted for the first time that it had officially engaged the services of the negotiator. It declined to reveal his identity. He has told Channel 4 News that he wishes to remain anonymous for reasons of personal security.

The intermediary has, however, been in regular, direct contact with senior members of the Islamist insurgent group who claim to be holding the girls, for several days now. He has maintained links with Boko Haram for nearly a decade and has successfully negotiated past hostage releases.

It is not clear how many of the 220 teenagers remain in Nigeria, following reports that they had been split into smaller groups and some moved into neighbouring Chad and Cameroon and sold for a bride-price of less than £10 each, following their forcible conversion to Islam.

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  • BOIVINEAU Myriam

    Défendons tous les opprimés, nous sommes tous frères et soeurs depuis la nuit des temps , issus de la même lignée et même si c’est de l’utopie, c’est plus vivable et rempli d’espoir que de rester indifférent ou fataliste où accusateur de toutes les dérives et de se sentir impuissant !!!

  • John Tapiya Joseph

    I hope the PDP and their appologies will now see that its a serious matter ? in a good country Kema Chikwe will leave the leadership of the women of the ruling party for whipping up sentiments, as lots of GEJ’s supports ran home with that, and they argued vehemently about the sincerity of the State Government on if this happened or not asking for pictures and names to be published.

  • Sia kabba

    May God help the children

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  • Betty

    The Nigerian government and the United Nations and the United States of America must do everything they can to find these girls and return them to their parents!!! Shame on the Nigerian government for not doing more to find these girls sooner!!

  • Cranky

    While I agree that this is a horrific situation, the overall fault lies with Western governments that have insisted on protecting the misogynistic ideology of Islam. This disgusting paedophilic and supremacist ultra-fascist ideology that poses as a religion needs to be purged from the the civilised world. Most terrorism is Islamic; get rid of this degenerate ideology and the world will be a safer place.

  • Those are criminals and not true god fearing Muslims. Faithful people wouldn’t make such crime. These killers are just murders. Only extremists are acting like that. This group is an extreme salafi sect and not a common Muslim community. I as a Muslim also want to have the girls of our African brothers and sisters back. Let us not use this terrible matter to make antiislamic polemics. It’s unfair to make Islam and Muslims responsible for barbarism. Only the barbarians are guilty. And by the way: it’s not true that the most terror acts are committed by Muslims. That’s the media mirror. But the statistics show that less than 10% is done by people who claim to be Muslims. More than 90% come from non Muslims!
    Bring our girls back! In the name of Allah, the beneficent and merciful! Bring our girls back! In the name of humanity!

  • Cranky

    Produce your source that proves acts of terror are committed by ” less than 10% is done by people who claim to be Muslims. More than 90% come from non Muslims!”

    I know you are inventing that figure. Funny how Muslims always lie to protect Islam. You Muslims have a word for that, and it’s called ‘taqiyya’.

  • Moustapha LAMIRI

    Il faut libérer immédiatement les jeunes filles au Nigéria. Il faut faire une autocritique ou une introspection pour vivre la douleur etla tristesse de leurs familles. Ce n’est humain de faire de tels actes.

  • Babtunde

    WE CONTINUE TO ASK ‘WHERE ARE OUR GIRLS’!!!! BUT NO ANSWER COMES….. THE SILENCE IS MUCH TOO LOUD ON THE GOVERNMENT AND POLITICAL FRONT. I SEE EVERY RELIGIOUS PLEA AS PRAYER OF THE DESPERATE AND SINKING WITH NON TO RESCUE.. MY AFRICAN, ASIAN, ARABIC, EUROPEAN, INDIAN, CHINESE, HISPANIC BROTHERS AND SISTERS ON FACE BOOK PLEASE LOOK AROUND YOUR ENVIRONMENT, EVEN TO HUSH HUSH GOSSIPS IF THERE ARE ANY STRANGERS AROUND YOUR HOMES BEING MOVED AROUND IN UNUSUAL WAYS OR EVEN REFUSING TO INTERACT WITH NEIGHBOURS BUT WE ARE SURE THEY WERE NOT THERE IN THE LAST THREE WEEKS. WE NEED TO NETWORK IN THESE SEARCHES IF THE GIRLS ABDUCTED FROM A SCHOOL IN NIGERIA ARE TO BE SEEN AGAIN.
    ALL OF THESE INDICATE THE SIGNS OF BEGINNING DANGERS AHEAD FOR WORLD PEACE AND THEREAFTER COEXISTENCE. I WANT THE INDIVIDUAL FAMILIES AFFECTED TO OPEN DEDICATED SITES FOR THIER DAUGHTERS. THESE GIRLS HAVE BECOME A BEACON FOR YOUTHS EVERY WHERE TO WAKE UP TO THE FACT THAT THEY SHOULD BEGIN TO LEARN SURVIVAL TECHNIQUES AND BOLDNESS IN THE FACE OF POSSIBLE DEATH. THIS IS ESPECIALLY FOR THOSE LIVING IN DANGER ZONES WHERE ABDUCTION, RAPE, MOLESTATION AND SUCH WICKED VICES HAVE BECOME A NORM. WE NEED TO WAKE UP ALL SLEEPING TEACHERS AND LECTURERS TO RE INVENT MORAL VALUES AND HONEST STANDARDS IN LIVING AND SHARING.

  • Cranky

    It’s odd how no such fuss was made when Islamist fanatics were (and still are) kidnapping and beheading Christians in Syria, many of whom were children. On that occasion the Islamists were being supported by America, and it’s obedient lapdog poodles, Britain and France. These governments speak with a forked tongue.

  • Babtunde

    TILL NOW NOTHING POSITIVE HAS COME TO US CONCERNING THESE GIRLS. I HEARD THAT THE PRINCIPAL WAS SO ENGROSSED WITH TRYING TO RUN AWAY FROM IMPENDING BOKO HARAM ATTACK THAT HE FAILED TO ASK OR PLACE A CALL TO ANYONE TO CONFIRM IF THE “UNIFORMED MEN WHO CAME TO CART THESE GIRLS WERE ACTUALLY SENT BY ANY KNOWN NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT AGENCY. HE ACTUALLY WITNESSED THE SELECTION OF THESE GIRLS INTO THE VEHICLES THAT TOOK THEM AWAY LONG BEFORE THE REAL AGENCY MEANT TO PROTECT THE LOCALITY ARRIVED. I SEE THE ABOVE STORY AS FAR FETCHED BUT PLAUSIBLE IN THE KIND OF COUNTRY WE LIVE IN WHERE ALL WE SEE IS THE SELF ALONE AND OUR LIP SERVICE REMAINS WHAT IT IS, MERE TALK AND GRAND STANDING. HOW MANY KNOW THAT WHEN WE COVER UP EVIL ACTS DONE BY THOSE CLOSE TO US WE ARE ACTUALLY PREPARING A BIGGER INCIDENCE WHICH MAY CONSUME US OR THOSE CLOSE TO US. NO MATTER WHAT NAME WE CALL EVIL OR ITS PERPETRATORS THEY ARE VERY MUCH AROUND US, LIVING WITH US, AND EVEN RELATED TO US BY BLOOD. DIFFICULT AS IT MAY SEEM, WE CAN BEGIN OUR MORAL CRUSADE WITH OUR SELVES, BROTHERS , UNCLES, AUNTIES, FATHERS AND MOTHERS. EVEN NEIGHBOURS. I AM VERY CONCERNED WITH THE TREND OF CULT AND GANG SUPREMACY WARS RAGING IN MOST COMMUNITIES SITUATED IN THE LOWER HALF OF THE NIGERIAN MAP. THESE ARE MOST SURELY SPONSORED WITH MONEY, GUNS, APHRODISIACS, AND ARREST IMMUNITY BY ROGUE POLITICIANS AND THEIR DOG FATHERS TO SECURE NEIGHBOURHOODS FOR ELECTION RIGGING AND INTIMIDATION OF THE DESIRE FOR CHANGE TO A BETTER COUNTRY. I AM AFRAID MORE FOR THE NEXT GENERATION OF FUTURE? LEADERS BECAUSE THEY NO LONGER EXIST. THE RAGING BATTLE OF IMMORAL’ S AGAINST WITS AND INTELLIGENCE HAS BEEN LOST TO IMMORALITY, WHERE LESBIANISM, CULTISM, KIDNAPPINGS, ASSASSINATIONS, BRIGANDAGE, SEXUAL ESCAPADES, HIGH PROFILE PROSTITUTION, PIMPING, AND MANY SUCH VICES HAVE BECOME A NOTORIOUS LIFESTYLE OUR YOUTHS SEE AND WANT TO LIVE OUT….GOD WE ARE IN NEED OF YOUR INTERVENTION NOW NOW, FOR OUR TOMORROW IS GETTING MORE AND MORE BLEAK. OUR LEADERS HAVE BECOME LIKE SAUL AND WE NEED YOU TO SEND YOUR DAVID NOW….AMEN.

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