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On April 14, 2014, hundreds of school girls were abducted from the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok in northeastern Nigeria by the non-state armed group Boko Haram. They were abducted because they were girls seeking higher education. Under Boko Haram’s interpretation of Islam, girls should not be educated.The schoolgirls from Chibok are some of the at least 2,000 women and girls abducted by Boko Haram in the past year. Many have been forced into sexual slavery or trained to fight.Nigerian authorities need to know that the world continues to stand with the girls’ families. Their rights—and the rights of all of Nigeria’s children—to education and to be protected from gender-based discrimination and violence must be safeguarded.
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Your Excellency,I am writing to express my concern over Boko Haram’s abduction of more than 2,000 women and girls in northeastern Nigeria in the past year, including the schoolgirls from Chibok.I urge the Nigerian authorities to work to secure the safe release of all those abducted by Boko Haram in accordance with international legal standards, and ensure that the perpetrators of this attack are brought to justice.I also urge the Nigerian government to ensure that Nigerian civilians are able to live in safety and security free from violence and discrimination. Yours Sincerely,