Nigeria's New Casualties: Parents of Kidnapped Girls
11 dead as attacks, trauma-related illnesses take their toll
By Shelley Hazen, Newser User
Posted Jul 22, 2014 7:45 AM CDT
FILE-In this Monday, May 19, 2014 file photo, Martha Mark, the mother of kidnapped school girl Monica Mark cries as she displays her photo, in the family house, in Chibok, Nigeria. At least 11 parents...   (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba File)

(Newser) – Whether Nigeria's 219 kidnapped schoolgirls will ever come home to Chibok is an open question, but some of them will definitely never see their parents again. Seven fathers were killed this month in an attack on a nearby village, the AP reports, and heart failure, high blood pressure, and illnesses likely caused by trauma have claimed four more parents. "One father of two of the girls kidnapped just went into a kind of coma and kept repeating the names of his daughters, until life left him," says one community leader.

Meanwhile, Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau is demanding in a new video this week that the government free extremists in return for the girls. President Goodluck Jonathan continues to refuse. At the same time, the parents and Jonathan are again planning to meet after a failed attempt last week, the BBC reports. At the same time, the AP notes that militants are attacking villages surrounding Chibok and villagers fear they’re next; soldiers guarding the village reportedly aren’t helping. Resources are dwindling in Chibok as attack survivors swarm in. "There is a famine looming," says one community leader.

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Jul 22, 2014 6:20 PM CDT
All this noise about freeing the girls month ago and what happened? Our first lady was involved and there was a lot of "big guns" making noise to come empty handed. Interesting, maybe they found out that there is nothing you can do when you have corrupted government with ties to terrorists and you relay on that government to keep the balance of power.
Jul 22, 2014 5:25 PM CDT
Do not negotiate with terrorists.
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Jul 22, 2014 11:19 AM CDT
Very sad that a global community can do nothing?