Bradleigh-Ann Walker Senior Content Editor
@urbanbeautyxoParents of the kidnapped schoolgirls in Nigeria have had their worst fears confirmed. Agence France-Presse obtained a video showing a man perceived to be Abubakar Shekau, leader of Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, and in it he confirms his plans to sell the more than 200 girls he kidnapped from a school last month. Chillingly, he says, "I abducted your girls. I will sell them in the market, by Allah. There is a market for selling humans. Allah says I should sell. He commands me to sell. I will sell women. I sell women." Boko Haram's number-one precedent seems to be the eradication of Western education, made clear in the literal translation behind their title: "Western education is sin". "Girls, you should go and get married," Shekau added in the nearly hour-long video. Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan vowed yesterday (May 4) that they would find the girls, wherever they are, and get them to safety. He also urged more parents to cooperate in order to fully identify the girls and help bring them home. However, the government has already been attacked for their lack of efficiency in the search. Frustration has culminated in marches in Nigeria and several other cities around the world, as well as the hashtags #BringBackOurGirls and #BringBackOurDaughters to raise awareness. An anonymous government official revealed that the United States is sharing intelligence information with Nigeria in an attempt to help find the girls. Another U.S. official claims that although the country does not plan on sending troops into Nigeria, they may help Nigerian forces during the rescue mission. Neither source could name themselves, considering the sensitive nature of their information. This isn't the first time Boko Haram have targeted children, and the United States has been collaborating with Nigeria for a long time to combat their attacks. The children were kidnapped from their rural school in Chibok on April 14 by armed members of Boko Haram; the girls had been sent there for a better education than they would have been able to obtain at home. Of the 276 reported taken, about 53 have escaped their captors. Keep Up With PopWrapped On The Web!