The Little Girls Who are Blowing Themselves Up in Nigeria

Why do we hardly hear about this in the West?

A girl rescued from Boko Haram hides her face at the Malkohi camp for internally displaced persons outside Yola, in northeast Nigeria, on Monday, May 25, 2015. Recent news reports reveal that some parents in Nigeria "donate" their daughters to Boko Haram to be used as suicide bombers.

By Michael Brown Published on August 7, 2017

A Christian missionary who teaches dirt poor children in Nigeria sent me a link to a disturbing story. She told me that every newspaper she saw today featured the story. It’s a tale of unspeakable evil. Yet it’s a story we rarely hear in the West. Are you ready for some stomach-churning reading?

Donating Their Daughters

The army is now appealing to Muslim parents not to “donate” their children to Boko Haram. That’s right. Parents are giving their children to these Muslim terrorists to blow themselves up and murder other people. How can this be?

Brigadier General Sani Usman explained the policy. “The Nigerian Army wishes to appeal to religious, traditional and community leaders, as well as all well-meaning Nigerians, especially in the North-East of our country,” he said, “to help dissuade people from donating their daughters or wards to Boko Haram terrorists for indoctrination and suicide bombing missions.”

The army intercepted some would-be suicide-bomber girls, from whom

it was discovered that most of these hapless minors were “donated” to the terrorist sect by their heartless and misguided parents and guardians, as part of their contribution to the perpetuation of the Boko Haram terrorists’ dastardly acts against the Nigerian society and humanity.

The acts of these parents and guardians are not only barbaric, but condemnable and unacceptable. Nigerians have a responsibility and obligation to collectively mould our children and wards.

Consequently, members of the public are kindly requested to be more vigilant, security conscious and report any suspicious persons or those whose daughters or female wards are missing or have not been seen recently.

And then, the most disturbing words of all: “Boko Haram terrorists have so far used more than 145 girls in suicide bombing missions between January and July 2017” – although, the article notes, the figure could actually be higher.

145 Girls, All But Unheard Of

One hundred and forty-five girls (if not more) have been used as suicide bombers in the first seven months of this year.

Why do we hardly hear about this in the West?

I just did a search for “female suicide bombers Nigeria.” The first links that came up were: 1) an article from Al Jazeera dated March 15, 2017; 2) an article from The Guardian dated December 9, 2016; 3) an article from the same date on CNN; 4) an article on BBC from January 23, 2017; 5) and an article from the Independent on January 1, 2017.

One hundred and forty-five girls (if not more) have been used as suicide bombers in the first seven months of this year.

So, there was only one article from a USA-based news service. All but one of the articles is more than 6 months old, and the most current one is almost 5 months old. Yet the epidemic continues.

Some of the girls used to detonate themselves had been kidnapped and had no idea what their mission was. They were simply strapped up in a vest and ordered to walk into a certain area. It could be a military installation or a mosque. Others may have been radicalized so that they participated willingly. It’s is reported that some boys have been used as well.

You may think I’m exaggerating. But I’ve been getting reports of these atrocities from friends in Nigeria. And the article cited gives details of attack after attack.

Time for International Outrage

What I learned for the first time today was that parents are donating their children for this cause. This makes the story all the more evil.

Perhaps if Western outlets reported on this more there would be more outrage around the world? Maybe other nations would feel more pressure to help the Nigerian army to wipe out Boko Haram? At the least, it would bring an outpouring of prayer for God’s help.

So, I’m doing my part in getting the word out, still stunned by what I have read.

Our friend in Nigeria teaches both Muslim and Christian children in a very poor area not far from Boko Haram territory. Along with the link to the article she sent me, her email consisted of one line: “Satanic. Makes me want to hold my little Muslims even closer.”

That really says it all. May God have mercy.

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  • Erin

    I like your content, but please fix your typos! It makes it hard to read, and sometimes makes it confusing. e.g., “the army is now appealing to Muslim parents not to donate their daughters…” I think the not is a mistake.

    • Trilemma

      How is it a mistake?

      • Erin

        Oh, my bad, I misread it. But what does the word “every” mean in the second sentence?

        • Trilemma

          It looks like the second sentence has an error and probably should have read, “She told me that every newspaper she saw today featured the story.” The word “this” that’s in front of “every” should be deleted.

          • Mensa Member

            I’m really impressed with how carefully you read! If only columnists would do that!

  • Trilemma

    What does he mean by “well-meaning Nigerians”? What kind of well-meaning person would donate their child to Islamic terrorists to be a suicide bomber?

    Mr. Brown appears to have misunderstood what the army is asking. A well-meaning person would not donate their child to Boko Haram. That’s why the army is asking well-meaning Nigerians to try and talk parents out of donating their children.

    • Mensa Member

      Good point. When one reads Dr. Brown’s articles, it’s easy to miss that most Muslims are well-meaning people.

      • Trilemma

        I think it’s easy to miss that most Muslims are well-meaning people when reading any article on Muslim terrorists. But on June 8, 2017, this site published an article by Dr. Brown titled, “Yes, There are Sincere, Devout, Peace-Loving Muslims” in which Dr. Brown says he believes, “there are millions of sincere Muslims who are peace-loving and who find support for their views in their sacred texts.”

      • Patmos

        Another lie from Mensa Member. What a worthless piece of crap you are.

        • Trilemma

          Can you prove that most Muslims are not well-meaning people?

    • Michael L Brown

      Thanks for catching that! We’ll correct shortly.

  • Mensa Member

    >> Why do we hardly hear about this in the West?

    Africans have been complaining about this media bias for years.

    3 people will die in London and 30 people will die in Acca, on the same day, in similar ways.

    The London story will run for a week or more. The Acca story gets buried in a “news summary” somewhere.

  • Trilemma

    Why would parents donate their children to Boko Haram? It would appear that mostly little girls were donated. Apparently, parents wanted to keep little boys more than little girls. Did they do this because they couldn’t afford to raise these children? Did these children have birth defects or some disability? Perhaps these parents donated their children not so much to help Boko Haram but to make their own lives easier.

  • commonsensebeliever

    My heart grieves for these children. There seems no end to the depth of evil and unconscionable suffering human beings are capable of inflicting upon other human beings, including innocent children and babies

  • BroFrank

    Thanks for your diligence and vigilance, Dr. Brown. At the very least, it gives more direction to informed praying–while helping to keep our hearts in tune with Heaven’s concerns.

  • Manuel Chukwudi

    Thanks Dr. Brown.

  • Tresia Eachus Mitchell

    Sadness reading this. This is why ALL must be educated. Religion is such positive comfort to a person’s well being…unless it is twisted and all consuming. BUT if you add to that the hate, killing & disrespect for others you have islam. How can/have the leaders of the world allowed this to grow ? There is so much beauty in the world, but look at what is happening to the nation’s , to the history, to the very people trying to help. Individual people are one thing, but the machine behind the muslums is a danger to the world and to themselves.

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