World news bites: Nigerian girls still suffer after being freed by Boko Haram

Rorisang Modiba delivers daily updates from around the world.

Nigeria – Amnesty International reports that girls and young women who escaped from capture by Boko Haram terrorists in northeast Nigeria still face serious problems. They suffer from illegal military detention and lack of help to rebuild their lives. The report “Help us build our lives” tells how the girls were kidnapped, forced into marriages, and subjected to sexual violence. Some had children with Boko Haram fighters and witnessed women being killed for using contraceptives. Based on interviews with 126 women and girls, the report highlights their continuing struggles, even after escaping or being freed from Boko Haram captivity. 

China Four teachers from Cornell College in Iowa were stabbed by an unknown attacker at Beishan Park in Jilin province, China. Adam Zabner, an Iowa House of Representatives member, confirmed that his brother, David, was among the injured but is recovering in hospital. The teachers were in China through a partnership with Beihua University and were with a member of the university at the time. China’s foreign ministry said none of the injuries were life-threatening. The US State Department admitted the incident, and images briefly appeared online but were quickly censored. Despite the attack, China described it as isolated and stressed it should not affect international relations. 

Israel – Three days after the Israeli military performed an operation in Nuseirat refugee camp in central Gaza, rescuing four hostages from Hamas and killing over 270 Palestinians, new details have emerged. The daytime raid, planned for weeks, caught militants off guard in two buildings in a crowded civilian area. The Israel Defense Force (IDF) reportedly used non-military vehicles and disguises, appearing as Hamas fighters or Palestinian civilians. The IDF also denied using civilian vehicles and did not confirm if soldiers were in disguise. The IDF then launched concurrent raids at 11am local time, targeting buildings holding Noa Argamani, Almog Meir Jan, Andrey Kozlov, and Shlomi Ziv, who were taken hostage on October 7 from the Nova music festival. 

South Korea – Tensions increased on the Korean Peninsula as South Korean forces fired warning shots on Sunday after North Korean troops accidentally crossed the border. The South Korean military downplayed the incident, saying that the North Korean soldiers quickly retreated and showed no intent to invade. The South continues to monitor North Korean movements closely. This incident happened during heightened tensions, including North Korea flying trash-filled balloons over the border to the South and Seoul resuming loudspeaker propaganda broadcasts.

Pictured above: Young Nigerian girls captured by Boko Haram. 

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