May 19th, 2014

Inside Boko Haram: CNN’s Arwa Damon reports from Nigeria’s Borno State

CNN’s senior international correspondent Arwa Damon (@arwacnn) reports from Nigeria’s Borno State on her exclusive interview with two Boko Haram informants who are cooperating with the Nigerian government.

Meeting in a safe house to discuss the tactics used by the terror group, these informants – who could lose their lives if caught speaking to CNN – tell her Boko Haram threatens people with joining the group or death, and warns that kidnapped girls could become human shields.

On recruiting: “They take them to the bush, and they force you to join. It’s either you join or they will kill you.”

On kidnapped girls: “They will use them to negotiate with the government about those of their members that have been detained by the government, or to use them as human shields.”