Video: Boko Haram threatens to sell abducted Christian girls into sex slavery

posted at 9:21 am on May 6, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

More than 200 Nigerian girls abducted from a government school will be sold into slavery, according to a videotape from the Islamist terrorist group that captured them. Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau taunted Nigerians and parents by telling them that the girls had become the “property” of Allah, presumably because of their Western education, and that he plans to sell his “slaves” in the market:

Shekau’s videotaped taunting of Nigerian government officials has triggered demonstrations in Nigeria, Europe and in at least four U.S. cities.

“I abducted your girls. I will sell them in the market, by Allah,” Reuters quoted Shekau as saying, chuckling as he stands in front of an armored personnel carrier with two masked militants wielding AK-47s on either side of him.

“Allah has instructed me to sell them. They are his property and I will carry out his instructions,” he said.

The video emerged days after reports emerged last week that some of girls had been forced to marry their abductors — who paid a nominal bride price of $12 — and that others have been taken to neighboring Cameroon and Chad. NBC News could not verify those reports.

The name “Boko Haram” loosely translates to “Western education is forbidden.” The group is responsible for numerous bloodthirsty attacks on Christians in Nigeria, attempting to drive out Christianity and Western values, and replace them with shari’a law and their own rule. Nigerians had long complained about the ineffectiveness and even hostility from the Nigerian government toward Christians demanding a defense against this ongoing attempt at religious cleansing, but until this abduction, most nations had paid little attention to Boko Haram. The capture of young girls and the threat to sell them into slavery has put the government of Goodluck Jonathan under a harsh international spotlight, and perhaps will result in a larger and more effective effort against Boko Haram as a result.

The AP’s Michelle Faul puts the number of those abducted at 276, and reports on the story of one girl fortunate enough to escape:

The girls in the school dorm could hear the sound of gunshots from a nearby town. So when armed men in uniforms burst in and promised to rescue them, at first they were relieved.

“Don’t worry, we’re soldiers,” one 16-year-old girl recalls them saying. “Nothing is going to happen to you.”

The gunmen commanded the hundreds of students at the Chibok Government Girls Secondary School to gather outside. The men went into a storeroom and removed all the food. Then they set fire to the room.

“They … started shouting, `Allahu Akhbar,’ (God is great),” the 16-year-old student said. “And we knew.”

What they knew was chilling: The men were not government soldiers at all. They were members of the ruthless Islamic extremist group called Boko Haram. They kidnapped the entire group of girls and drove them away in pickup trucks into the dense forest.

The Nigerian government says they will have to negotiate with Boko Haram to get the girls back, but that sounds like a rather weak response. Boko Haram wants to eradicate Christianity from Nigeria and impose shari’a law, not launch a political party or acquire a traditional ransom. The “sale” of these slaves isn’t a fundraiser, after all, but a show of power and ruthlessness.

In the meantime, the cause has gone global. People around the world are pressuring their own governments to find ways to rescue the girls. Perhaps this is a moment for people to see past the platitudes of moral equivalency:

Let’s hope that this pressure convinces governments to take Boko Haram as a serious threat.

Update: The school was a government school, not a parochial school. I’ve fixed the first paragraph.


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Obviously: Send in the SEALs.

davidk on May 6, 2014 at 12:36 PM

I am have trouble with the ‘Net–or Hot Air (or both).

davidk on May 6, 2014 at 12:39 PM

God made hell for a reason.

newpine on May 6, 2014 at 12:40 PM

Has any of our so called moderate mu;zzies condemned their brethren in Africa? I have not seen one leaders yet do this. This shows what fills their souls.

garydt on May 6, 2014 at 12:41 PM

Where, O where, are the feminists?

Obviously: Send in the SEALs Rangers.

FIFY

formwiz on May 6, 2014 at 1:13 PM

This is what we get when the U. S. President wears panties. These vermin should’ve burned alive in the public square but OBozo is impotent.

Jaibones on May 6, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Islam in action. Everything BH is doing is commanded or allowed in the Koran, the immutable source text of Islam, and is exemplified in Muhammad’s own life. Time to tell the truth about this illegitimate religion.

paul1149 on May 6, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Muslims showing their pedophilia? I’m shocked.

John the Libertarian on May 6, 2014 at 1:34 PM

Maybe Mazer9 was one of the abducted?

WryTrvllr on May 6, 2014 at 2:03 PM

I’m not big on being the world police but this is a case where we could send in the Marines and get some serious PR millage as well as do some real good. With 200 girls, these guys are going to have to be clustered somewhere.
Nigeria’s president was on TV asking for US military help. Seems reasonable to me.

mlimbolimbo on May 6, 2014 at 2:03 PM

Obviously: Send in the SEALs Rangers.

FIFY

formwiz on May 6, 2014 at 1:13 PM

Extract the girls, and then send in the drones.

davidk on May 6, 2014 at 2:13 PM

Where is Sir Charles Napier when you need him?

“You may follow your traditions of burning the widow. And then we will follow ours, of hanging people who do that very thing.” Or something like that.

They want to be Muslim and enslave girls? Fine, but we get to follow our tradition of short, summary execution of female enslavers.

Everybody’s traditions are satisfied! Multiculturalism at its finest!

Vanceone on May 6, 2014 at 2:24 PM

And this is what we get from electing a community activist more concerned with lecturing everyone instead of leading. But hey maybe the boy price will lecture Boko Haram enough that they drop dead from exhaustion from listening to one of his carefully prepared photo op statements.

terlizzi99 on May 6, 2014 at 2:34 PM

Seven continents. One has always been home to the least educated, the most corrupt, the eternally savage, the sickest and poorest people on the planet, yet it is a place with unlimited natural resources and developable land. It is the playground of Islamofascists not only in their traditional desert milieu, but now in the jungle too. And in our own sick culture, it is a commanding advantage in the dominant political party to claim a heritage from this place; the key to an easy ride to the Oval Office or the governorship of Massachusetts; a free pass for all your “corpsemans” and “57 states”. Our children are taught to shun the creations of Shakespeare, Bach, Goethe, Caravaggio and Vivaldi and “celebrate” the hip hop fools invited to the East Room that deafen themselves with misogynistic “music” that is barely more than beating on a hollow log with a stick. WTF. Seriously, WTF.

cosifantutte on May 6, 2014 at 2:40 PM

Children should be safe and protected.

I have a feeling the subhuman kidnappers will soon be on the bad end of a Seal/Delta Force mission. I hope our brave men and those children get back safe.

Exninja on May 6, 2014 at 2:54 PM

Extract the girls, and then send in the drones.

davidk on May 6, 2014 at 2:13 PM

Too expensive. A total cultural mindset reset is what is required.

“You should be thanking me”
-Abubakar Shekau

WryTrvllr on May 6, 2014 at 2:58 PM

I’m not big on being the world police but this is a case where we could send in the Marines and get some serious PR millage as well as do some real good. With 200 girls, these guys are going to have to be clustered somewhere.
Nigeria’s president was on TV asking for US military help. Seems reasonable to me.

mlimbolimbo on May 6, 2014 at 2:03 PM

Should but won’t. There isn’t a snowflake’s chance in Hell American troops will be used against Muslims to rescue Christians.

I cannot remember the last time such a thing happened.

The modern American military is used to save Muslims from Christians or Muslims from Muslims, but it’s never, ever used to save Christians from Muslims.

Which plainly tells us who our real rulers are.

We are not the good guys any more.

fadetogray on May 6, 2014 at 3:06 PM

As for sending in military support, this is none of our business.

It does illustrate the hypocrisy of the left and the race baiters like Sharpton and Jackson who have not uttered a sound about how their relatives back in Africa are still doing the same thing they have always done – raid their own villages and sell each other into slavery. If you listen to them you’d think it was something white people invented.

I hear crickets chirping.

earlgrey on May 6, 2014 at 3:14 PM

Marines Recce; Rangers; SEAL’s; Air Force PJ’s … whatever.
I’m thinking the solutions are any thing between 155 to 250 grains.
Cranial insertions to the likes of the fellow in the photo.

Missilengr on May 6, 2014 at 3:27 PM

Should but won’t. There isn’t a snowflake’s chance in Hell American troops will be used against Muslims to rescue Christians.

I cannot remember the last time such a thing happened.
fadetogray on May 6, 2014 at 3:06 PM

I believe it was under President Jefferson, who sent the Marines onto the shores of Tripoli…

A President worthy of the title, and office, would be denouncing Boku Haram (literally translated, “Books are Forbidden”) as true sons of Islam; shaming Islam as well as its proponents.
Let Islam denounce Boku Haram, its motives and its actions; or embrace them. Force the issue, make the Mohammedans embrace or deny their cult.

ReggieA on May 6, 2014 at 3:34 PM

I was born in Nigeria. Haven’t gone back in about 20 yrs, but still have relatives over there, and have been following this issue closely for a while. I like Ed Morissey, but his whole write-up on this case is not accurate. I am at work now, so can’t write much, but will write a detailed post later.

One issue i don’t want people to overlook is the effect that the removal of Gaddhafi has had on Northern Africa including Northern Nigeria. Most of the those arms missing from Libya, have ended up in the hands of these people. I know the press will ignore it to protect Obama, but he made a mess in Libya, and the rest of Northern Africa.

To understand the response of the govt, you need to understand the tribal and political make up of Nigeria. There is only so much the govt can do, when Northern Muslim politicians were actively using this group initially to destabilize the country. There were angry that Nigeria is being ruled by a Christian, and wanted to a Muslim ruler. The problem is that they have now lost control of Boko Haram, and there in lies the problem. A good example is a former governor of one of these Northern States, who was arrested last yr, after the State Security Services tapped his phones, and found that he spoke to the head of Boko Haram more than 70 times in one month. He claimed that he was trying to negotiate with them, to stop bombings, but that doesn’t pass the smell test.

There is a lot more to this story, and I hope people do some research before commenting. The govt can only do so much, when these guys were initially being protected. Now they have gone rogue and people are now blaming the govt.

Chudi on May 6, 2014 at 4:16 PM

Spilling the beans, it only got attention because of the video. Just a drop in the bucket of so many of these cases.

slavery still exist among Muslims.
slavery is still performed by blacks.

but yeah, white christians should feel guilty. That is one of the reasons I am disgusted with liberals who are that stupid to be misled by evil lame stream media “journalists”

huntingmoose on May 6, 2014 at 5:26 PM

Just heard something on the news here in NY that Obama’s sending military and/or security team in.

Cleombrotus on May 6, 2014 at 6:10 PM

Nigeria schoolgirls kidnapped

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US military, law-enforcement to coordinate with Nigerian officials to help find kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls, President Obama says – @NBCNews
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President Obama: ‘We’re going to do everything we can’ to help Nigeria in search for kidnapped girls – @NBCNews
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US Senate passes resolution condemning Nigerian kidnappings by voice vote – @thehill
read more on thehill.com
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canopfor on May 6, 2014 at 6:19 PM

Because education is bad, but sex slavery is good. It’s the Muslim way. It’s also proof that evolution has kicked into reverse.

jediwebdude on May 6, 2014 at 6:22 PM

Huntingmoose…this has nothing to do with blacks, so don’t make it a racial thing. This is a Muslim thing. Islam is the worst thing that has ever graced the face of this earth. I know people will say that’s intolerant, but unless you lived in a country like Nigeria, you probably do to understand. There are no good Muslims in my opinion. If there are, them it’s maybe 5%. The rest are evil of are complicit in evil.

Chudi on May 6, 2014 at 6:32 PM

Allah hu Akbar

Pole-Cat on May 6, 2014 at 6:50 PM

Just heard something on the news here in NY that Obama’s sending military and/or security team in.

Cleombrotus on May 6, 2014 at 6:10 PM

Nothing like letting the enemy know you’re about.

davidk on May 6, 2014 at 7:06 PM

Islam – You are a SLAVE to the will of Allah
On one side you have Judeo-Christian INDIVDUAL Free Will – aka Freedom. Almost every story in the Old testament from Adam and Eve on, is about “you are free to make your own choices”, but EVERY choice has consequences both good and bad. The point being, in the end -you and only you will answer for your choices.

ALL the rest is Slavery to …(fill in the blank)
Islam = Slavery to Allah
Communism = Slavery to community
Socialism = Slavery to society
Nazi-ism = Slavery to nation
(Socialism in Patriots clothing)
Liberalism = Slavery to victimhood
Progressivism = Slavery to change
F#*%ING LEFTIST ALL

Islam (slavery) CAN NOT exist in an INDIVIDUAL FREE WILL society. Islam CANNOT coexist with a democracy, for all the same reasons that slavery can’t. Islam will tolerate democracy, like it does with everything else, just long enough to subvert it, then destroy it. Besides – democracy is a sin, “we have Allah, there’s nothing to vote on!”
ISLAM: Totalitarian to the nth degree

Islam views compassion as a weakness. But hey, you’re a slave – you don’t need compassion, you have Allah – compassion is his job not yours! Compassion is the Achilles Heel of western culture and western religion and should be exploited at every opportunity. Losers are always defeated by their OWN dogma, not the other guy’s! (Can you say Political Correctness?)

Pole-Cat on May 6, 2014 at 7:07 PM

Those cockroaches need to be wiped off the face of the earth. No negotiating with them.

sadsushi on May 6, 2014 at 7:32 PM

davidk on May 6, 2014 at 7:06 PM

Can only imagine what the “rules of engagement” will be.

Cleombrotus on May 6, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Call the “Reverends” Jackson and Sharpton. I am sure they will want to organize marches, raise awareness, and get these girls home to their families. Because they care!

Wait. What? Can’t make money on it?

Oh, then never mind.

the_moll on May 6, 2014 at 8:08 PM

Qur’an (23:5-6) – “..who abstain from sex, except with those joined to them in the marriage bond, or (the captives) whom their right hands possess…” This verse permits the slave-owner to have sex with his slaves. See also Qur’an (70:29-30). The Quran is a small book, so if Allah used valuable space to repeat the same point four times then sex slavery must very important to him.
~

Not our Allah, of course. The bad one.

Akzed on May 6, 2014 at 9:29 AM

Comparative Religion 101

Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19

New International Version (NIV)
Marrying a Captive Woman

10 When you go to war against your enemies and the Lord your God delivers them into your hands and you take captives, 11 if you notice among the captives a beautiful woman and are attracted to her, you may take her as your wife. 12 Bring her into your home and have her shave her head, trim her nails 13 and put aside the clothes she was wearing when captured. After she has lived in your house and mourned her father and mother for a full month, then you may go to her and be her husband and she shall be your wife. 14 If you are not pleased with her, let her go wherever she wishes. You must not sell her or treat her as a slave, since you have dishonored her.

AesopFan on May 6, 2014 at 8:49 PM

When I first heard the name of the perps on the radio, It sounded to me like they were saying “Procol Harem“…Phew…..Glad they’re not involved…

It’s the new normal, When your CIC wears mom jeans and has a pocket full of “red lines”, even the 12th century barbarians get emboldened..

An army of deer led by a lion is more to be feared than an army of lions led by a deer — Philip of Macedon

MaxSplinters on May 6, 2014 at 8:52 PM

There is a lot more to this story, and I hope people do some research before commenting. The govt can only do so much, when these guys were initially being protected. Now they have gone rogue and people are now blaming the govt.

Chudi on May 6, 2014 at 4:16 PM

Thanks for your information.
Can you give us some links for research?
I hope your family is safe.

PS This is why I come to Hot Air for my news; the commenters almost always add value to the basic story.

AesopFan on May 6, 2014 at 8:59 PM

“Western education is forbidden.” Sounds like 75 percent of the universities in this country.

Don Michael Bitsconi on May 6, 2014 at 9:28 PM

Huntingmoose…this has nothing to do with blacks, so don’t make it a racial thing. This is a Muslim thing. Islam is the worst thing that has ever graced the face of this earth. I know people will say that’s intolerant, but unless you lived in a country like Nigeria, you probably do to understand. There are no good Muslims in my opinion. If there are, them it’s maybe 5%. The rest are evil of are complicit in evil.

Chudi on May 6, 2014 at 6:32 PM

I worked with a Nigerian guy (man I hate really tall people!!!). Great worker. Heavy accent. I happened to be in the room when he was introduced to a fellow worker, a muslim. I thought he was going to kill him on the spot. The air became like lead.

Good luck to your family Chudi.

You guys are Fuched.

WryTrvllr on May 6, 2014 at 9:59 PM

Those cockroaches need to be wiped off the face of the earth. No negotiating with them.

sadsushi on May 6, 2014 at 7:32 PM

The worst thing Hitler ever did was give genocide a bad name.

Pole-Cat on May 6, 2014 at 10:01 PM

Unless western civilization rediscovers itself, that is.

WryTrvllr on May 6, 2014 at 10:06 PM

The only response Hillary Clinton could muster was a milquetoast tweet:

“Access to education is a basic right & an unconscionable reason to target innocent girls. We must stand up to terrorism. #BringBackOurGirls.”

Whether radical Islamists will be frightened by a hashtag and an old hag remains to be seen…

Colony14 on May 6, 2014 at 11:26 PM

Colony14 on May 6, 2014 at 11:26 PM

maybe we could all wear ribbons. Or a hunger strike!!!! Yeah, that’ll do it!

WryTrvllr on May 7, 2014 at 2:41 AM

Find the baddest female snake eaters in the world. Put them all together and give them what ever they want. Give them one mission. Kill them all. No ROE, no prisoners, just same all the girls, put the bodies on display just like in the old west. And put it on you-tube. And then let all those other members of the religion of peace that if they pull the same stunt they are next.

Docsavage 14 on May 7, 2014 at 7:30 AM

Maybe Mazer9 was one of the abducted?

WryTrvllr on May 6, 2014 at 2:03 PM

Sorry to disappoint you. For some reason, God shows favor on me. Pitty those Christian girls though.

mazer9 on May 7, 2014 at 11:00 AM

I see lots of posts on the enthusiam for sending in troops.

but i have to ask, why is this AMERICA’s problem.

muslim terrorists in an african nation, and the africans are doing what?

the europeans?
the chinese?
the U.N.?

sniffles1999 on May 7, 2014 at 11:49 AM

I see lots of posts on the enthusiam for sending in troops.

but i have to ask, why is this AMERICA’s problem.

muslim terrorists in an african nation, and the africans are doing what?

the europeans?
the chinese?
the U.N.?

sniffles1999 on May 7, 2014 at 11:49 AM

We are more exceptional than all of the above mentioned parties?

mazer9 on May 7, 2014 at 11:55 AM

Sorry to disappoint you. For some reason, God shows favor on me. Pitty those Christian girls though.

mazer9 on May 7, 2014 at 11:00 AM

No disappointment. Glad to see you’re getting it though. Different God, different results.

WryTrvllr on May 7, 2014 at 1:15 PM

No disappointment. Glad to see you’re getting it though. Different God, different results.

WryTrvllr on May 7, 2014 at 1:15 PM

The only thing I “get” is that the Christian God could care less whether little girls who believe in him get abducted by a fanatic of another religion.

mazer9 on May 7, 2014 at 3:17 PM

The only thing I “get” is that the Christian God could care less whether little girls who believe in him get abducted by a fanatic of another religion.

mazer9 on May 7, 2014 at 3:17 PM

Waiting for the Muslim world to act…………

Must be tough separating the acts of God from the act of those who believe in him. Neat trick.

WryTrvllr on May 7, 2014 at 3:51 PM

We are more exceptional than all of the above mentioned parties?

mazer9 on May 7, 2014 at 11:55 AM

And the answer, up until the last several administration, but especially this one, was “Yup”

WryTrvllr on May 7, 2014 at 3:53 PM

The only thing I “get” is that the Christian God could care less whether little girls who believe in him get abducted by a fanatic of another religion.

mazer9 on May 7, 2014 at 3:17 PM

.
God is NOT exercising “control” of the day to day events on the face of the earth, until Adam’s (the first Adam) lease is up.

Until then, God’s delivering power requires someone on the earth to exercise faith, or otherwise pray for deliverance.

listens2glenn on May 7, 2014 at 4:04 PM

http://projects.militarytimes.com/polls/2012/results/demographics/

just in case these people prove instrumental in helping find them.

WryTrvllr on May 7, 2014 at 4:13 PM

projects.militarytimes.com/polls/2012/results/demographics/www.latimes.com/world/asia/la-fg-wn-brunei-sharia-law-20140501-story.html

What man giveth, man can taketh away. Should you happen to feel like your drowning at times, just drop the chips off your shoulders.

WryTrvllr on May 7, 2014 at 4:26 PM

you’re

WryTrvllr on May 7, 2014 at 4:27 PM

I would make them a Whiter Shade of Pale!

faol on May 7, 2014 at 4:32 PM

God is NOT exercising “control” of the day to day events on the face of the earth, until Adam’s (the first Adam) lease is up.

Until then, God’s delivering power requires someone on the earth to exercise faith, or otherwise pray for deliverance.

listens2glenn on May 7, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Ah, prayer. That’s the answer.

mazer9 on May 7, 2014 at 5:02 PM

Ah, prayer. That’s the answer.

mazer9 on May 7, 2014 at 5:02 PM

What’s needed is a little old fashioned extreme violent fire and brimstone intolerance of obvious stark evil.

But the world doesn’t do that any more. Would be ‘barbaric.’ Wouldn’t be ‘civilized.’

When you take “We Will Hunt You Down And Kill Every One Of You” off the table, your negotiating position deteriorates.

fadetogray on May 7, 2014 at 5:44 PM

Must be tough separating the acts of God from the act of those who believe in him. Neat trick.

In Islam you cannot separate the acts of men from the will of Allah, because you are a slave to the will of Allah and Allah is infallible. It is ALL Allah’s will, nothing to take credit for, nothing to be ashamed of. Also you cannot make any distinction in Islam between the religion, the culture, the law, the politics, the ideology or the government: in theory or in practice for one simple reason, Islam itself forbids it. Allah runs it ALL. So any distinctions we might wish upon Islam are in fact MOOT, and actually quite silly on our part – Islam is totalitarian to the nth degree.

Pole-Cat on May 8, 2014 at 9:21 PM

You see there are two kinds of people, those who cannot be enslaved, they ( you and me ) have that natural born urge to be free. And those who cannot NOT be slaves, the ones who just can’t live life as free individuals. Now Mohammad realized that his people would always be slaves, it was just in their DNA. So he cooked up a religion (more like stole it from the Jews and turned it on its head) that conveniently makes everyone a slave to GOD. TRUMP CARD! Mohammad has insured that his people will never ever be slaves to anyone or ANYTHING ELSE ever again. Brilliant! Leftist have a soft spot for Muslims because they have this same affinity for being enslaved. Being slaves to socialism or communism or the collective, they can relate. But being a slave to a half baked collectivist ideology simply is no match for being a slave to God, they are rank amateurs compared to Mohammad.

Pole-Cat on May 8, 2014 at 10:19 PM

Where is Sir Charles Napier when you need him?

Vanceone on May 6, 2014 at 2:24 PM

Probably begging permission to haunt the dreams of every nutless liberal in the remnants of his beloved England.

Those cockroaches need to be wiped off the face of the earth. No negotiating with them.

sadsushi on May 6, 2014 at 7:32 PM

The worst thing Hitler ever did was give genocide a bad name.

Pole-Cat on May 6, 2014 at 10:01 PM

That, and women staying home, plus any form of eugenics right down to immigration filtering. God forbid we have even a LIMIT, nevermind a BAN, on how many bongo-pounding tribals get let in the door from places that have had barbaric practices like this for centuries.

LawfulGood on May 9, 2014 at 7:14 AM

The only thing I “get” is that the Christian God could care less whether little girls who believe in him get abducted by a fanatic of another religion.

mazer9 on May 7, 2014 at 3:17 PM

Your almost right. A Jewdayo God says it’s up to YOU to CHOOSE whether or not to do something. A Christian God says that if you CHOOSE UNCONDITIONAL LOVE for your fellow MAN, all YOUR problems will be solved. Unfortunately it definitely does not solve ANYONE ELSES problems, just yours. And you’ll still need to defend yourself from animals like bears and Muslims, because they are incapable of CHOOSING not to kill you.

Pole-Cat on May 16, 2014 at 11:41 PM

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