~~May 8, 2014~~
Updated: Tuesday, May 6, 2:55 p.m. EST
For the nearly 300 girls in northern Nigeria kidnapped by Islamic extremists, going to school was a risk worth taking. They were set to become global leaders, teachers or lawyers in a region where only 4 percent of girls complete secondary schooling.
Now, the girls, who were abducted on April 14, are reportedly set to be sold into marriage to militants for $12. Governments, nonprofits and citizen activists are scrambling to help the students, some of whom have reportedly died from snake bites and contracted illnesses, the Associated Press reports.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry offered military personnel, law enforcement officials and other experts Tuesday to help find the girls, which Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has accepted, according to Agence France-Presse. The offering comes amid global outrage that governments aren’t doing enough to help find the girls, as well as an announcement from the abductors.
The Islamist group Boko Haram, meaning “Western education is sinful,” has said it is responsible for the mass kidnapping of the girls, who are both Christian and Muslim. In a video obtained by Agence France-Presse (AFP), militant leader Abubakar Shekau unleashes a rant about Western education and says the girls should be married instead of being educated.
“I abducted your girls. I will sell them in the market, by Allah,” Shekau said, according to CNN’s translation. “There is a market for selling humans. Allah says I should sell. He commands me to sell. I will sell women.”
The U.N. has spoken out, urging Nigerian officials to take necessary measures to find the girls, and warning abductors that they could be arrested for selling them, Reuters reported.
“We warn the perpetrators that there is an absolute prohibition against slavery and sexual slavery in international law. These can under certain circumstances constitute crimes against humanity,” U.N. human rights spokesman Rupert Colville said at a press briefing.
Parents of the girls are now pleading for global pressure on Nigeria to do more to rescue them, the New York Times reported.
“We are now asking for world power countries to intervene,” a parent told the news outlet, stating that Nigerian government officials “are just saying lies.”
Secretary of State John Kerry told the Times that there are efforts to sever Boko Haram’s monetary flow and also to train Nigerian authorities.
“It’s a massive human trafficking moment and grotesque,” he said.
Education nonprofits such as Girl Rising are holding online forums to educate people about the issue, and social media campaigns including #BringBackOurGirls are helping to organize rallies and publicizing ways for people to help.
Boko Haram is negotiating a ransom for the release of 276 girls still in captivity, some of whom have reportedly been taken across borders to Cameroon and Chad, the AP reported.
The fact that the girls have not been rescued is a “massive embarrassment to Nigeria’s government and the military” amid its inability to stem a five-year rising Islamic tide, the AP noted. Some feel that President Jonathan, who is from the Christian south of Nigeria, is insensitive toward the people of the predominantly Muslim north. What’s more, Jonathan’s wife, Patience, reportedly expressed doubts there was any kidnapping.
On Sunday night, President Jonathan said his administration was doing everything possible to help rescue the girls.
On April 15th, 230 School girls were kidnapped from the Chibok Government Secondary School by Boko Haram Terrorists in Nigeria. All 230 are still missing.
This page was started by Ramaa Mosley to create awareness about the 230 school girls who were kidnapped from their dorm rooms by terrorists on April 16th. Our main page for news is facebook.com/bringbackourgirls – follow for updates. We also have a UK, Canada, South Africa, Australia, DK (Germany, France page.
~~What can you do?~~
People of Nigeria are marching in the streets to demand the rescue … of the 230 school girls that were kidnapped. Starting now, let us march on social media.
1. MAKE THIS IMAGE YOUR PROFILE PIC
2. Ask all of your friends to post this photo as their profile pic on Facebook, twitter and instagram. These girls are our daughters.
3. Include on your wall a link to the petition for people to sign asking The White House
and World leaders to act.
Call or write your government.
Change.org petition 1 http://chn.ge/1rukxYo
Change.org petition 2 http://www.change.org/petitions/over-200-girls-are-missing-in-nigeria-so-why-doesn-t-anybody-care-234girlsLet us come together and tell the world that we will not allow schools to be places of violence. We want our girls rescued and we want the world to protect all schools.
Join www.facebook.com/bringbackourgirls for news and updates.
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Nigerians Caught Between Deadly Boko Horam Attacks & Military Reprisals
~~Published on May 6, 2014~~
http://www.democracynow.org – As eight more girls are kidnapped in Nigeria, protests continue over the government’s failure to take action following the abduction of nearly 300 girls from a northern boarding school last month.
On April 14, Islamic militants stormed an all-girl secondary school and seized the students. The area in northeastern Nigeria, where the girls were kidnapped, has been under a state of emergency for nearly a year, and their school was reportedly the only one still open. We speak to Nigerian writer and activist Ijeoma Uduma in Lagos and journalist Omoyele Sowore, publisher of the website Sahara Reporters.
#BringBackOurGirls – The Names.
We ALL are ONE!!