NIGERIAN AUTHORITIES NEED TO KNOW THAT WE CONTINUE TO STAND WITH THE GIRLS’ FAMILIES
On April 14, 2014, 276 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 missing schoolgirls are only a small proportion of the women, girls, men and boys abducted by Boko Haram. More than 2,000 women and girls, as well as hundreds of men and boys, have been abducted by Boko Haram. Many were forced into sexual slavery or trained to fight. Thousands more civilians were held captive as the group took control of towns in northeast Nigeria between July 2014 and January 2015.
MORE THAN 2,000 PEOPLE
HAVE BEEN ABDUCTED
BY BOKO HARAM
Fifty-seven of the abducted girls from Chibok have been rescued; the remaining 219 girls and others abducted by Boko Haram have yet to be rescued by the Nigerian government.
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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