BOKO HARAM CHIBOK SCHOOL KIDNAPPING VICTIM ARRESTED FOR CARRYING EXPLOSIVES: WAS SHE A STOCKHOLM SYNDROME VICTIM?

A woman who was arrested in northern Cameroon on Friday for allegedly carrying explosives told authorities that she was one of the 269 Chibok girls kidnapped by Boko Haram in 2014. So far, only 50 of these girls have managed to escape. A spokesman for Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari confirmed that she was one of the kidnapped and they were waiting for Chibok parents to confirm her identity. If it turns out that she is telling the truth, it is unclear whether she is suffering from psychological symptoms known to be caused as a result of being held captive. Such behavior commonly referred to as the “Stockholm Syndrome” has been known to cause hostages to develop positive feelings towards their captors, and hostility towards the captor’s perceived enemies. The symptom is more common when captivity is for more than several days, there is continuous contact (no isolation), and the hostage takers show kindness to the hostages. There is always an element of brainwashing present.

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