Kenneth Rijock

Kenneth Rijock

Sunday, May 11, 2014

BOKO HARAM MASS KIDNAPPING WAS AN AFRICAN VERSION OF TERRORIST FINANCING



If you were wondering why the radical Islamist group Boko Haram risked international outrage, by kidnapping that large contingent of school girls, their action is, according to sources living in their area of operation, an integral part of their funding activity. When recruiting a new member, from the poorest villages in Nigeria, BH offers the soldier a choice of how he wants to be paid to join up: he can have a payment of $3000, or a virgin.While this form of "payment" for services is immoral by Western standards, and a gross violation of basic human rights, it is has occurred in the past in Africa, in conflict zones.

Thus, the kidnapped girls potentially represent over $600,000 that BH does not have to lay out in payments to its new recruits. The video, released to the media, where the BH leader was seen to state that the girls would be sold, fails to state the truth; Terrorist financing takes many forms.


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