From the Times of Africa via Blazing Cat Fur:
The Archbishop of Canterbury has called for negotiations with the “utterly merciless” Islamic extremists who kidnapped 276 girls from their school in Nigeria, amid reports that some have already been sold as “brides” for Â£8.
The archbishop, a former oil executive who joined the church in his 30s, said that devising an effective plan to try to stop further attacks by the group was “infinitely more complicated than, say, Northern Ireland where it took us a very long time to develop an effective strategy”.
Supporters turn to Boko Haram because of immense poverty, high youth unemployment and the group’s promises of social change delivered through the barrel of a gun, he said.
The leader of the world’s Anglicans said that it was “always a worry” that Christians in Nigeria might take up arms to defend themselves against the Islamic group.
“They have a right to defend their lives and the lives of their children and their families,” he said. “But at the heart of Christian teaching is the example of Jesus, who said, ‘Forgive your enemies’ and forgave his own enemies on the Cross.”
About 50 of the girls have been seen in the Central African Republic after being taken to the town of Birao on April 30 by armed men,Â it was reported yesterday.