Local residents say Boko Haram militants kidnapped hundreds of children from a remote town in northeast Nigeria back in late 2014 but local officials did not report the abductions. They said some 300 children were among the 500 girls, boys and women taken from the town of Damasak on November 24, 2014. Residents and local authorities didn't report the abductions, fearing the government’s anger as it was already grappling with another kidnapping case. “We kept quiet on the kidnap out of fear of drawing the wrath of the government, which was already grappling with the embarrassment of the kidnap of the Chibok schoolgirls. Every parent was afraid to speak out,” an administrator, whose seven-year-old child was among those abducted, said. He added that locals, who managed to flee the Boko Haram attack, notified their political representatives in the Nigerian Senate and House of Representatives but “they kept mute and ignored us.” “The government didn’t want the news out,” the administrator said, explaining that the decision to publicize the case came after Human Rights Watch brought it to light on Tuesday.