On Monday, the spotlight was once again cast on Nigeria’s vexing problem of women and girls acting as suicide bombers, after two girls blew themselves up, killing 58 and wounding 78 in in Dikwa, a government-run camp in northern Nigeria intended as a haven for those chased from their homes by Boko Haram. Authorities said a third girl surrendered without detonating her device after recognizing her parents and siblings among those seeking shelter at the camp.
Since June 2014, Boko Haram has used 100 abducted women and girls for suicide bombings that once would have been carried out by men. Many experts say Boko Haram uses women and girls who have been brainwashed or are unaware that the devices they carry will kill them.
Others speculate at least some of the women and girls, forcibly married to Boko Haram members, support the group’s goal of creating an Islamic state. In the past, women rescued from Boko Haram have reported they were raped repeatedly, with some saying they thought they were being impregnated to create a new generation of militants.
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