Nigeria: Why the abduction of 100 school girls isn’t shocking

The heavily armed militants stormed the girl’s dormitory in the middle of the night, herding more than 100 students on to vehicles and burning down nearby buildings as they made their escape.

That was a week ago Monday.

Of the 129 students abducted from the Government Girls Secondary School from the Nigerian town of Chibok, 77 are still missing.No one knows where they are. And surprising still, no one’s particularly shocked.

“All the community are sympathizing with the parents,” principal Asabe Kwambura told CNN. But, she said, “the people in the villages are not surprised.”

Such is life in the lawless Borno province.

Tucked away near the border with Cameroon, with phone services cut off and travel strongly discouraged, this poor corner of Nigeria is no stranger to such brazen, violent acts.

For 11 months, the provinces of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa have been under a state of emergency due to relentless assaults blamed on the Boko Haram.

The Islamist militant group has bombed churches and mosques; kidnapped women and children; and assassinated politicians and religious leaders.

Boko Haram — whose name means “Western education is sin” in the local Hausa language — says it wants to impose a stricter enforcement of Sharia law across Africa’s most populous nation….

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