Beneath Mask of Normal Nigerian Life, Young Lives Scarred by Boko Haram

Source: The New York Times

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — She hears the awful sounds in her dreams. They are the moans of a dying girl.

Amina is haunted by the memory. After all, she was the one who handed the girl to Boko Haram.

Amina was a teenager herself when Boko Haram, the Islamist fighters who have rampaged across northeast Nigeria, kidnapped and conscripted her. Sixteen and scared, Amina did their bidding, seizing young girls from their homes and escorting them to a camp where many were forcibly married off to fighters.

One of the terrified girls was 14. Amina grabbed her by the wrists, leading her to a waiting vehicle. Three weeks later, the girl was dead after being gang raped.

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