Call for Global Week to rescue missing Chibok girls
from AUGUSTINE OSAYANDE in Abuja, Nigeria
ABUJA – THE #BringBackOurGirls group and the families of the girls abducted from Chibok have called for a Global Week of Action to mobilize the international community to demand for the immediate rescue of the missing schoolgirls.
Members of the notorious Boko Haram sect kidnapped the more than 200 girls in the Borno State in April.
Tuesday marks exactly six months since 276 girls were abducted by the Boko Haram sect from their school.
“The Boko Haram sect leader claimed responsibility for the mass kidnappings in a video where he informed the world that he plans to sell the girls into slavery,” read a statement this publication obtained in Abuja.
The organisation said to date, none of the girls had been rescued, save for 57 girls who escaped on their own, while 219 girls still remained in captivity.
As the United Nations marked the International Day of the Girl Child this past weekend, the #BringBackOurGirls movement and the families of the abducted girls, called for a Global Week of Action from October.
11-18, to mobilize everyone around the world to demand for the immediate rescue of the girls and end the humanitarian tragedy.
They added that the theme for this year’s United Nations International Day of the Girl Child ‘Empowering Adolescent Girls: Ending The Circle of Violence’ coincided with calls for the release of the Chibok girls, who are victims of the violence being perpetrated by the Boko Haram sect in Nigeria.
“These are adolescent girls who, against all odds, sought education in order to be empowered in their bid to become responsible leaders of the society. Our world must not forget them.”
They called on the Nigerian government and other Governments lending support to the rescue operation to intensify any actions already being taken to achieve quick result of the immediate rescue of the girls.
The group also encourages friends of the abducted girls around the world to hold vigils in communities and Nigerian Embassies in their countries.
– CAJ News
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