The Nigeria-based terrorist group Boko Haram has reportedly begun indoctrinating young boys to attack and kill their Christian teachers.
According to The Christian Post, the very name Boko Haram means “western education is a sin.” The Boko Haram militants believe that western and Christian education is corrupting Nigerian youth.
The militants hold beliefs that are extremely at odds with what most people believe in the West.
"Boko Haram believes Earth is flat, and that Muslims are permitted to take slaves and duty-bound to kill infidels. Culture and history also play a role in the group's fixation with secular education, according to analysts," said a report published in the LA Times.. "British colonialists brought education and Christianity to the region at the beginning of the 20th century, triggering long-held resentment which lingers to this day."
Because of these radical beliefs, Boko Haram militants are encouraging boys who attended Christian schools to attack and kill their teachers, according to a report from the Christian persecution watchdog group International Christian Concern (ICC).
It is "disconcerting that minors are being indoctrinated by Boko Haram to kill their teachers,” said ICC.
In addition to indoctrinating young boys, the militants have also kidnapped young schoolgirls, most notably, the 276 Chibok schoolgirls, most of whom have since been released.
Boko Haram has specifically targeted schools. Since their rise to prominence in 2009, 2,410 schools have either been burned down or forced to close. Additionally, as many as 611 teachers have been killed.
Photo courtesy: Thinkstockphotos.com
Publication date: December 9, 2016
Veronica Neffinger wrote her first poem at age seven and went on to study English in college, focusing on 18th century literature. When she is not listening to baseball games, enjoying the outdoors, or reading, she can be found mostly in Richmond, VA writing primarily about nature, nostalgia, faith, family, and Jane Austen.