The Menace of Boko Haram and Fundamentalism in Nigeria
Sexual Slavery, Sexual Terrorism and the Context of the Kidnapping

Campbell, Horace G.
http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/05/30/the-menace-of-boko-haram-and-fundamentalism-in-nigeria/

Publisher:  counterpunch
Date Written:  30/05/2014
Year Published:  2014  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX16282

‘I will sell your girls in the market.’ - Abubakar Shekau. From time to time in the life of a society, one episode or a series of episodes shock the social system and brings to the fore long festering sores that need resolution. The kidnapping of over 200 young girls and the depravity of those who proclaimed that these youths would be sold into sexual slavery are one of such episodes. The statement about selling the girls in the market brought out the deep contradictions of Nigerian society and called for firm and clear resolution of the questions of slavery, exploitation, sexual violence, male oppression and the manipulation of religion to serve the needs of particular sections of the looters and zealots of Nigeria.