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11 parents of kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls have died since their abduction

One father reportedly died repeating his kidnapped daughters’ names.

File photo of Martha Mark, mother of kidnapped schoolgirl Monica Mark
File photo of Martha Mark, mother of kidnapped schoolgirl Monica Mark
Image: Sunday Alamba/AP/Press Association Images

IN THE THREE months since Islamic extremists kidnapped more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls, 11 of their parents have died, according locals in the town of Chibok.

Seven fathers of kidnapped girls were among 51 bodies brought to the Chibok hospital after an attack on the nearby village of Kautakari this month, said a health worker who insisted on anonymity for fear of reprisals by the extremists.

At least four more parents have died of heart failure, high blood pressure and other illnesses that the community blames on trauma due to the mass abduction, said community leader Pogu Bitrus, who provided their names.

One father of two of the girls kidnapped just went into a kind of coma and kept repeating the names of his daughters, until life left him.

Nigeria Kidnapped Girls Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan (third from L), meeting parents of abducted Nigerian schoolgirls, on 22 July. Source: AP/Press Association Images

The town where the girls were kidnapped, Chibok, is cut off by militants, who have been attacking villages in the region.

Yesterday marked the 100th day since Boko Haram kidnapped the 276 girls. Some have managed to escape but 219 remain in captivity.

President Goodluck Jonathan met Tuesday with parents of the 219 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls and some classmates who managed to escape from Islamic extremists.

He pledged to continue working to see the girls “are brought out alive,” said his spokesman.

That eventuality, however, if it occurs, will have come too late for some.

Additional reporting by Dan Mac Guill

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