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Wednesday, April 30, 2014
# Bring Back Our Girls Protest in Nigeria ------ The back story ...... Nigerians online and on the streets are calling for the return of more than 180 schoolgirls who were kidnapped from the northeastern province of Borno two weeks ago. On Tuesday and Wednesday, protesters gathered in the capital Abuja in what they called a "million-woman march". While the march, organised by Women for Peace and Justice, did not hit a million attendees, the issue has gained attention online and around the world. According to local unconfirmed reports, the kidnapped girls are being sold to militants as brides for $12 each, allegedly across the Nigerian border into Cameroon and Chad. Since the kidnapping, Borno officials say only 129 girls were taken, while locals maintain that 230 were snatched and 40 girls managed to escape. Using #BringBackOurGirls and #BringBackOurDaughters, many are campaigning for the government to put more resources into finding the schoolgirls. #BringBackOurGirls has been used more than 60,000 times in the past few days .......
Heartbreaking Photos From The #BringBackOurGirls Protest
Mothers and other aggrieved indigenes of Chibok, Borno state yesterday staged a protest at the National Assembly calling on the government to speed up the release of their our daughters that were kidnapped from the Government Girls Secondary school on April 14th.
The women under the aegis of Kibaku Development Association and led by senior female police officers converged at the Eagle square Abuja, all dressed in black, from where they match peacefully to the National Assembly, wailing and pleading for help from the government. Senators Barnabas Gemade and Helen Esuene received the protesters and said the senate were considering raising a motion as regards the kidnapped girls for the house to deliberate on.
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#BringBackOurGirls: Names of over 200 kidnapped girls being compiled
There are reports that the office of the first lady, Patience Jonathan has requested for the identities of the schoolgirls abducted in Chibok on April 14.
Sources who spoke to YNaija from Borno say the first lady’s office yesterday directed community leaders in the area to make available the names of abducted schoolgirls.
Stakeholders are, however, of the opinion that such gesture is unnecessary as it would not bring back the 234 Government Girls’ Secondary School students who are still in the custody of men suspected to be members of the Boko Haram Islamic sect.
According to the source: “The office of the first lady has asked for the names of the abducted students including the ones who have escaped and it is currently being compiled.
“I don’t know what they will do with it but all the same it is good for us to have the list also.”
Parents of the abducted schoolgirls have called on the government to rescue their children wondering why it is taking so long to do this knowing their location.
One of the affected parents said, “For 11 days the government had the chance to rescue our girls but they didn’t. They have now been distributed to different places. It is too late now,” she said.
Sources say there have been many abductions in the North-east of the country with the Chibok abduction attraction owing to the sheer number of young girls abducted.
Witnesses say Boko Haram members willfully attack houses with young women and take them away using them as sex slaves and sometimes sharing them amongst themselves.
“Yes, it has been happening in Maiduguri for long; they call it Aure Markas. They take the girls and put N5,000 at the doorstep saying they have married them,” the sources said.
It is absolutely important that the government acts fast to rescue these innocent girls whose only sin is trying to get an education in a country plagued by insecurity.
Nigerians demand greater action to #BringBackOurGirls
Thousands of Nigerians criticise the government's failure to find the schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram.
Former Nigerian Education Minister and Vice-President of the World Bank's Africa division Obiageli Ezekwesilieze leads a march of Nigeria women and mothers of the kidnapped girls of Chibok, in Abuja on April 30, 2014. (AFP PHOTO / PHILIP OJISUA)
Nigerians online and on the streets are calling for the return of more than 180 schoolgirls who were kidnapped from the northeastern province of Borno two weeks ago. On Tuesday and Wednesday, protesters gathered in the capital Abuja in what they called a "million-woman march". While the march, organised by Women for Peace and Justice, did not hit a million attendees, the issue has gained attention online and around the world.
According to local unconfirmed reports, the kidnapped girls are being sold to militants as brides for $12 each, allegedly across the Nigerian border into Cameroon and Chad. Since the kidnapping, Borno officials say only 129 girls were taken, while locals maintain that 230 were snatched and 40 girls managed to escape.
The abducted young girls are being affected by a conflict they did not create, and their voices need to be heard. It can only be imagined what they have undergone in these past weeks or what they are bring subjected to at hand. Please sign this petition so that this situation can be given the right level of coverage in international media and be addressed as a priority issue by the UNICEF, UNWomen and other international organization that can put significant pressure on the Nigerian Government to intensify it's search efforts. These 234 girls need to be found and returned to the safety of their families and homes.