New intelligence from the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) says Boko Haram is increasing child recruitment. Boko Haram operates across Nigeria, Chad, Niger, and Cameroon. The radical Muslim terrorist group often uses children for military shields, suicide bombings, sexual slavery, and other horrific purposes.
The MNJTF is a regional military alliance defending against Boko Haram insurgents. Colonel Timothy Antiga, a spokesman for the MNJTF, told VOA News, “Boko Haram terrorists themselves further confirmed the atrocious acts when they posted pictures of children dressed in military fatigues and holding assault rifles in a video released during a celebration of the Muslim holiday Eid al-Adha.”
Younger children don’t fully comprehend what they are doing, but some of the kids manipulated by Boko Haram are in their early teens. When these young teens strap on explosive vests, they may believe they are avenging the death of a family member who was killed by security services. Some radicals tell teens that a suicide mission will grant them immediate entrance into Heaven – an appealing idea if their current life is filled with pain and difficulty.
- For the Nigerian government to take strong action (which they are not doing at present).
- For ways to get the message of salvation to these young child soldiers via social media.
- For organisations that work with child soldiers to find effective ways to rescue these children from the grip of Boko Haram.
- Let us pray for a complete breakdown of the Boko Haram leadership structure.