Photo by Stephanie Sinclair @stephsinclairpix @tooyoungtowed // Sisters Yagana, 21, Yakaka, 19, and Falimata, 14, were all abducted and held captive by Boko Haram until their escape. “After invading Bama, the Boko Haram insurgents came to my house, one of them saw me and said, ‘I want to marry you,’” Yakaka told me a year ago. "I said, ‘My parents will not give me to you. Then he said, ‘O.K., that is easy. Let me kill them, so that you will now be the one to decide.’ We got married in the Sambisa forest. Three months later, my husband was killed. I was pregnant by that point.” When Boko Haram abducted 276 Chibok schoolgirls from their dormitory in 2014, the world took notice as #bringbackourgirlsfilled our social media feeds. However, nearly four years later it’s now becoming apparent that the Chibok abductions were just one instance of a profoundly disturbing tactic: child marriage used as a weapon of war -- a practice that has led to the kidnapping of thousands of girls in the region. ---------------------------
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