Abductions and forced conversions of women and girls are designed to ensure that the abductors’ community grows and prospers, while the Christian community is diminished.

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“Nigerian Christian Killed as Islamist Militants Kidnap His Sister and Five Other Girls From Village in Chibok,” Barnabas Fund, April 21, 2022:

A Nigerian Christian man was killed when Islamist militant gunmen kidnapped his sister and five other Christian girls from a village in the Chibok Local Government Area (LGA) of Borno State.

Godwin Luka Abari died instantly in the attack on Yimurmugza community by members of Islamic State West Africa Province on April 18.

One of the abducted girls later told a family member in a phone call that they were being held by “hundreds” of terrorists. “These people are too many,” she added.

The Chibok LGA has suffered repeated attacks by Islamist militants. At the beginning of 2022 at least 24 Christians – the majority women and girls – were kidnapped and four men killed in separate assaults on three villages. Four girls were later released by their abductors.

The most notorious attack took place on April 14, 2014, when Boko Haram terrorists abducted 276 girls, mostly Christian, from a secondary school in Chibok. Around 160 girls later escaped, were rescued or released. They reported being whipped by their captors to force them into marriage, while a group of Christian girls were subjected to a mock execution for refusing to convert to Islam.