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Children Freed from Boko Haram Captivity

Children sit in front of the Place de La Nation arch in N’Djamena

80 children have been rescued by the Cameroon army, after being held against their will by the terrorist group Boko Haram at a camp in the African country.There time in captivity is so extreme that a good majority of the children do not remember their own names, according to an aid official who visited them after rescue. The children were indoctrinated with Islamic thought and subject to repeated beatings if they did not conform.

Aged between 5 and 18, the children cannot speak English/French or any local languages. Intel on their whereabouts surfaced last November and the Cameroon army was acting on a tip-off when they raided the camp.

In related news, a suicide bomb attack at a marketplace in Maiduguri that left 6 dead on Tuesday has already been linked to the Boko Haram.

The Boko Haram looks to establish an Islamic caliphate in Northeastern Nigeria and have resorted to kidnappings to fund their efforts to do so. They have recently pledged their allegiance to the Islamic State or another terrorist organization that controls large swaths of territory in Syria, Iraq and Libya.

Cameroon has joined up with the other African countries of Niger and Nigeria to take care of the Boko Haram once and for all.

[via BBC]

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