Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Boko Haram

There is an Islamic group in Nigeria called Boko Haram which has hit the news for kidnapping several hundred school girls. It seems that the group considers girls captured in holy war to be slaves:
In the video, Shekau also said the students "will remain slaves with us." That appears a reference to the ancient jihadi custom of enslaving women captured in a holy war, who then can be used for sex.

"They are slaves and I will sell them because I have the market to sell them," he said, speaking in the Hausa language of northern Nigeria.

There are reports that the Christian girls amongst the group have been forced to convert to Islam; that some have already been married off to the men who abducted them; and that others might have been taken to Chad or Cameroon to be sold.

When I read this I couldn't help but think of the contrast between the kind of narrative that has existed over the past few decades, namely that of the white, Christian, oppressor male, and what really exists on the ground.


  1. All evil comes from the White race. If Nigeria hadn't been colonized by Europeans, and their ancient and wonderful ways disrupted, then none of this would be happening -- or so the narrative goes.

  2. I noticed that Waleed Aly on Channel Ten's The Project, when interviewed about the group, refused to mention the I-word when asked about who they were. One could have come away from that segment with the impression that Boko Haram were just very unpleasant "vigilantes" with no particular reason for their act of terrorism. He mentioned their goal of overthrowing the government while neglecting to mention that their reason for doing so (indeed their entire raison d'etre) is based in radical Islamist ideology.

  3. The western world has been ignoring Boko Haram while it's been butchering boys and men for years...

    1. @Greg Allen - thank-you for this link. I agree. When boys/men are slaughtered - and obviously have no voice as they can not come back from the dead - all we heard from the feminist media is "the poor girls/women". Who despite being traumatized can at least attempt a recovery as they are ALIVE.

      Boys/men disappear in reports as un-gendered "children", "students", "villagers" or just "people" where as girls/women are always identified.

  4. I wonder if any significant Islamic religious authorities have condemned these acts.

  5. Mr. Richardson, what do you make of the name of the group, "Boko haram"? The Wikipedia article on the group says somewhat paradoxically that Hausa-speaking locals from the group's hometown came up with the name, but that [those same?] "Locals who speak the Hausa language are also unsure what it actually means".

    Strange. Even stranger is that the name has the Arabic word for "sin" or forbidden in it and the local word for "book" or "Western education", but that the seeming straightforward reading--"Western teachings are sinful"--is so hotly contested. What else could it mean? I wonder if locals are unsure of the group name's meaning because in fact they are unsure of the group itself--after so many car bombings, it must have occurred to someone there that the ones doing most of the local sinning aren't exactly Western, but this proudly anti-Western group.

  6. Mark Durie has good video up regarding this subject

  7. It did seem to take a little while for the Western-based Globalists to take this as the new South Sudan, but the Odessa massacre (committed by "our" side) had to be bumped off the news cycle somehow.