(The Washington Post) – They stood in the sun, sweating. They clutched homemade guns. Some had poisoned-tipped spears. Others wore camouflage or brandished amulets.
All of the 500 hunters, chosen by the community for their spirituality, had the same mission: Find the abducted Nigerian school girls.
“We are seasoned hunters, the bush is our culture and we have the powers that defy guns and knives,” one of the hunters, who ranged in age from 18 to 80, told the Associated Press on Sunday. “We are real men of courage, we trust in Allah for protection, but we are not afraid of Boko Haram. If government is ready to support us, then we can bring back the girls.”
But will the government help? It’s now May 20. More than a month has passed since Boko Haram militants descended upon a darkened dormitory filled with sleeping schoolgirls and abducted hundreds.