They are in their marital properties.’ Photograph: AP Islamist group Boko Haram has denied claims by Nigerias government that it has agreed to a ceasefire and will release more than 200 abducted schoolgirls. The announcement came in a video sent to Agence France-Press on Saturday in which the militant groups leader, Abubakar Shekau, ruled out future talks with the government & stated the girls had converted to Islam & been married off since being kidnapped more than six months ago. A few 276 schoolgirls were seized from the remote north-east town of Chibok in Borno State in April. A lot of escaped in the first couple of days nevertheless 219 stay missing.

More than 500 girls and girls aged from infancy to 65 have been kidnapped by Boko Haram and held in militant camps since 2009, Human Rights Watch stated this week, which includes 60 reportedly kidnapped from two towns in north-eastern Nigeria last week. Quite a few have been focused on for the reason that they are Christians or attending college. Boko Haram kidnap victims describe their ordeal Girls and girls abducted by the Islamist group and later released have spoken of life in captivity that contains forced marriage and labour, rape, torture, psychological abuse and coerced religious conversion. Shekau stated in the newest video that all the Chibok schoolgirls had develop into Muslims.

They’ve now memorised 2 chapters of the Quran, he mentioned. Speaking in Hausa, he mentioned: We have married them off. They’re in their marital homes. .

Families of the Chibok schoolgirls mentioned they were surprised yet not shocked at their marriage claims. Pogo Bitrus, the head of the Chibok Elders Forum, mentioned: We were sceptical concerning the talks to release our girls & we never took the ceasefire seriously since since the announcement, they have never stopped attacking communities. As a result the info that our girls have actually been married off is not surprising to us. Bitrus has 4 nieces amongst the hostages.

We’re only hoping the government will step up whatever efforts it is making to quell the insurgency, he mentioned. Enoch Mark, a Christian pastor in Chibok whose daughter & niece are among the hostages, stated the girls families were lost for words. Since they were kidnapped we have no certainty concerning the scenario they’re in. We keep getting conflicting details, he mentioned.

We only keep hoping that they’ll be returned to us.

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