Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Repugnant transactions in Nigeria: education, kidnapping and slavery

The news out of Nigeria has too many repugnant transactions to shake a stick at. The Islamic organization Boko Haram, whose name apparently means something like "education is forbidden" and which has kidnapped school girls, is threatening to sell them...

DAKAR, Senegal — In a video message apparently made by the leader of the Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau claimed responsibility for the kidnapping of hundreds of schoolgirls nearly three weeks ago, called them slaves and threatened to “sell them in the market, by Allah.”
“Western education should end,” Mr. Shekau said in the 57-minute video, speaking in Hausa and Arabic. “Girls, you should go and get married.” The Islamist leader also warned that he would “give their hands in marriage because they are our slaves. We would marry them out at the age of 9. We would marry them out at the age of 12.”
The message from the Boko Haram leader once again highlighted the extent to which secular, Western-style schools are a principal target of the group, whose name roughly translates as “Western education is forbidden,” in an amalgam of pidgin English, Arabic and Hausa, one of the most commonly spoken languages in Africa. Mr. Shekau emphasized that the girls were taken because they were attending such a school.
“Western education is sin, it is forbidden, women must go and marry,” he said in the video message. "

Update: the quote above is from this NY Times story: Nigerian Islamist Leader Threatens to Sell Kidnapped Girls


Anonymous said...

I would not call Boko Haram an "Islamic organization." Try terrorists instead.

Anonymous said...

"boko" = books
"haram" = ritually impure, treyf

Anonymous said...

I think Islamist would be a lot more precise than Islamic.

Anonymous said...

Don't you think there should be another adjective between 'Islamic' and 'organization'? Say, perhaps, 'criminal' or 'terrorist'? Or do you think that's automatically implied.