Nigerian families are reportedly willingly handing over their children to the terrorist group Boko Haram in order to allow children to be turned into suicide bombers against Nigeria's military, according to Nigerian military officials, the Daily Caller reported.
Boko Haram became the center of the public's attention when, in 2014, the terrorist group raided a Nigerian school and took 276 girls. The incident created an international outcry, with notable figures, including then-first lady Michelle Obama, joining a "Bring Back Our Girls" campaign.
While a number of the girls managed to escape, many were sold to Boko Haram fighters for the price of around $12. Many of the girls were forced to have the terrorists' children, but according to AllAfrica, suicide bombings done by children, largely teenage girls, has been on the rise in the northeastern Nigerian state of Borno.
According to AllAfrica, Nigerian Army spokesman Brig. Gen. Sani Usman said the military discovered families were purposefully handing their children over to the terrorist group. Usman pleaded with families to discontinue the practice of donating their children for suicide missions, calling the practice "barbaric."
"It was discovered that most of these hapless minors were 'donated' to the terrorist sect by their heartless and misguided parents and guardians, as part of their contribution to the perpetuation of the Boko Haram terrorists' dastardly acts against the Nigerian society and humanity," Usman said.
"The acts of these parents and guardians are not only barbaric, but condemnable and unacceptable," he continued.
"Nigerians have a responsibility and obligation to collectively mold our children and wards and define a better future for them rather than condemning them to death by the criminal Boko Haram terrorists and their sympathizers through suicide bombings," Usman stated.
According to the New York Times, Boko Haram is the deadliest terrorist group in the world, having killed 6,664 in 2015 — outpacing even the Islamic State, which killed 6,073.
Boko Haram is also known for its consistent use of rape to dominate the girls in their possession.
According to the Daily Beast, the terrorist organization often keeps a large stock of Viagra. Islamic scholar Yusuf Mohammed said this is "because they sleep with so many girls in a day, they are forced to depend on sex enhancing drugs so as to last long in the act, and a condom when they suspect a woman has sexually transmitted disease.”
“The aim is so that they’ll be able to impregnate as many girls as possible and bear children who will continue in the jihad,” Mohammad explained.