Hundreds of Nigerian school girls were kidnapped from their school by Boko Haram, which is an Islamist group whose title means “Western education forbidden.” US Institute of Peace
About 50 have escaped. But it is feared/known that they are being sold to be forced to be brides - read that sex slaves. For prices as low as $12 US.
Boko Haram has maintained close relations with Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, a terrorist group that seeks overthrow African governments and impose Islamic states in the region.
The US State Department lists Boko Haram as a Foreign Terrorist Organization. In the 2013 announcement, the State Department spokesman said of Boko Haram: “Boko Haram has been conducting an ongoing and brutal campaign against Nigerian military, government, and civilian targets. Among its most lethal attacks, Boko Haram carried out indiscriminate attacks in Benisheikh, Nigeria in September 2013 that killed more than 160 innocent civilians, including women and children. Boko Haram has also conducted attacks against international targets, including a suicide bombing of the United Nations building in Abuja on August 26, 2011, that killed 21 people and injured dozens more, many of them aid workers supporting development projects across Nigeria.”