Woman are increasingly at risk in Nigeria, with many being forced at point of death to convert to Islam, reports from Reuters have claimed.
According to one 19-year-old woman, militant Muslim group Boko Haram kidnapped her and forced her to convert to their faith under the threat of death.
She told the news agency that she had been treated as a ‘domestic slave’ before being able to escape. She also said Boko Haram had forced her to act as human bait to lure civilian Nigerians working with the military into murderous traps. The girl said she witnessed Boko Haram Islamists ‘slashing the throats’ of captured civilians.
In November, the US State Department finally designated Boko Haram as a Foreign Terrorist Organisation, stating that it had proof it was responsible for ‘thousands of deaths in northeast and central Nigeria over the past several years, including targeted killings of civilians’.
Speaking to US news agency Fox News, Professor David Cook, who teaches religious studies at Rice University, said the kidnapping ‘falls into a pattern of Salafi Jihadis and definitely in the range of things that has been happening in the past five years’.