New intelligence from the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) says Boko Haram is increasing child recruitment.
Boko Haram operates across Nigeria, Chad, Niger, and Cameroon. The radical Muslim terrorist group often uses children for military shields, suicide bombings, sexual slavery, and other horrific purposes.
The MNJTF is a regional military alliance defending against Boko Haram insurgents. Colonel Timothy Antiga, a spokesman for the MNJTF, told VOA News,“Boko Haram terrorists themselves further confirmed the atrocious acts when they posted pictures of children dressed in military fatigues and holding assault rifles in a video released during a celebration of the Muslim holiday Eid al-Adha.”
Younger children don’t fully comprehend what they are doing, but some of the kids manipulated by Boko Haram are in their early teens.
When these young teens strap on explosive vests, they may believe they are avenging the death of a family member who was killed by security services. Some radicals tell teens that a suicide mission will grant them immediate entrance into Heaven – an appealing idea if their current life is filled with pain and difficulty.
Denise Godwin with International Media Ministries (IMM) says Boko Haram notoriously uses media for recruitment: “There were several studies that were done on how terrorism groups recruited young people and manipulated their intentions and changed their goals through basically a marketing campaign.”
But while Boko Haram uses media to communicate lies and incite fear, IMM is using media to point people in North Africa to Jesus.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Lyndsey Koh
CALL TO ACTION
- Ask the Lord to protect IMM staff and translators from spiritual attack.
- Pray for the people in North Africa watching these Gospel films to begin relationships with Jesus.