A new, shocking report by Amnesty International says that the Nigerian militant group Boko Haram has abducted at least 2,000 women and girls since the start of 2014. The report, based on nearly 200 eyewitness accounts – including 28 women who escaped – says that many of the captured women have been forced into sexual slavery and forced to fight for the group. The report coincides with the sad 1-year anniversary of the mass-abduction of 276 Chibok schoolgirls, which prompted the #BringBackOurGirls campaign. While some managed to escape, 219 are still with the group and it is unclear whether they will ever be found. Amnesty International’s secretary general, Salil Shetty, said that report underlines the scale and depravity of Boko Haram’s methods.“Men and women, boys and girls, Christians and Muslims, have been killed, abducted and brutalised by Boko Haram during a reign of terror which has affected millions,” she added. The group, which seeks to impose a strict interpretation of Islamic law in the country and recently pledged allegiance to ISIL, is responsible for the deaths of at least 5,500 civilians, has forced many men and children to take up arms and is known to carry out public stonings and lashes.
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