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Report: Boko Haram enslaving Nigerian Christian women, forcing them to convert

Catholic World News - November 19, 2013

The Nigerian Islamist terrorist organization Boko Haram is kidnapping Christian women, enslaving them as “brides,” and forcing them to convert to Islam, the Reuters news agency reported.

“The Islamists have changed tack in the face of Nigerian military pressure,” Reuters reported. “Islamists have pulled back after army assaults since May on their bases on the semi-desert plain and are now sheltering in the Mandara mountains, along the Cameroon border around the city of Gwoza. From the hills they have been launching increasingly deadly attacks.”

“If I cried, they beat me,” recounted one woman who escaped. “If I spoke, they beat me. They told me I must become a Muslim but I refused again and again.”

“They were about to slaughter me and one of them begged me not to resist and just before I had my throat slit I relented,” she added. “They put a veil on me and made me read from the Koran.”

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