Bullets rained down on Nigerian troops this week as they approached the forest stronghold where nearly 300 women and girls were being held captive by Boko Haram. But at least some of the shots weren’t fired by the militants.
Instead, they came from the women, who had been so traumatized by their captivity they turned on their rescuers, the Associated Press reported.
Of all the ways Boko Haram has wreaked chaos across much of Northern Nigeria — the massacres, the beheadings, the bombings — its kidnappings are a particularly insidious form of violence. For many captives, to be held by the militant group is to be used as a sex slave, a suicide bomber, a conscript. And the experience leaves lasting scars.