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    UNICEF: Boko Haram Steps Up Child ‘Suicide’ Bombings

    They brought back our girls. Two years after the militant group abducted 270 schoolgirls from Chibok, Nigeria, captive girls are tragically returning to society: Three-quarters of 44 child-bombers last year were female, according to a UN Children’s Fund report released today. The report puts “suicide bombing” in quotes because the kids were likely drugged and didn’t know they were carrying bombs. Beyond the obvious horror, there’s another tragic effect: After the captivity and the sexual violence, the bombing tactic creates “an atmosphere of terror and suspicion” for girls who otherwise regain their freedom.

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