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63 Women and Girls Now Free
By Harold Hutchison

Dozens free, a couple hundred left to go. That is the situation in Nigeria after a number of women and girls who were kidnapped by the terrorist group Boko Haram made a successful break for freedom.

According to media reports, the women, who had been kidnapped last month, escaped captivity over the weekend. The leader of the terrorist group had vowed to sell the women into slavery or to serve as child brides. Boko Haram’s penchant for kidnappings became headline news when they kidnapped over 200 schoolgirls on 15 April of this year.

Local officials and a vigilante leader told Voice of America that the women made their daring escape when Boko Haram terrorists left them unguarded. Some of the women have returned to their homes, and others are being protected by Nigerian forces in the town of Gulak. A separate VOA report indicated that the Nigerian government had killed dozens the Boko Haram thugs.

Boko Haram’s insurgency, which seeks to impose Islamic law, also known as sharia, in Northern Nigeria. Boko Haram has recently been expanding into other parts of the country after initially being confined to the northeast.