In the past few weeks, three suicide bombings in Nigeria have been committed by girls as young as 10 years of age. According to NBC News, experts believe these children are kidnapping victims of Boko Haram. About 276 Chibok school girls were kidnapped in April 2014. Boko Haram publically claimed responsibility. The girls became a part of a social media campaign called #BringBackOurGirls. The girls have not been released and this sudden wave of female suicide bombings may explain what happened to the young girls.
Only days after Boko Haram militants raided 10 Nigerian towns and killed approximately 2,000 civilians, 20 shoppers were killed when a young girl, no older than 10 years of age, entered a marketplace in Maiduguri, Nigeria with a bomb strapped to her body. The bomb exploded, killing the girl, along with the shoppers. In a separate attack in Potiskum, Nigeria, the following day, two other young girls detonated bombs strapped to their bodies, killing themselves and three others. Experts believe these girls are being forced into suicide bombing by their captors, Boko Haram.
It was initially suspected that the 276 kidnapped girls would be sold as wives by Boko Haram. But the events that have unfolded in the past few weeks are suggesting otherwise. According to NBC News, Elizabeth Donnelly, assistant head of the Africa Program at London’s Chatham House think tank, believes that Boko Haram is using the girls as suicide bombers because the girls "simply don’t matter to them ... they are disposable bodies."
Nigerian children are easy targets for Boko Haram. The chaos created by this terrorist organization has left thousands of children orphaned with nowhere to go. All Boko Haram has to do is kidnap, threaten and force these innocent children into committing unspeakable, horrific crimes against humanity. These children have no choice and no way to fight back.
Sources: NBC News