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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Abducted Chibok girls not abandoned - US

The United States government has assured that though is taking long to release the abducted Chibok girls from their captives, they are not abandoned, reports ITRealms.

As such, the American and African forces sent to Cameroon to fight Boko Haram have, on several occasions, claimed location of clusters of the schoolgirls kidnapped by the militant group two years ago.

Rescue operations, according to The New York Times, have not been carried out, because of fears that any ensuing battle with Boko Haram fighters would put the captives at risk, or incite some form of retaliation against hostages still being held in other areas.

The report went on to state that American officials said a combination of local intelligence, intercepted communications and drone footage had been used to locate groups of some 276 girls abducted from the Government Girls Secondary School in the Nigerian town of Chibok two years ago this month. Some of the girls have since been tracked to Nigeria’s sprawling Sambisa Forest.

Officials insist that efforts to free the girls have not been abandoned, insisting that a major concern is the hundreds of other women and girls who are also held by Boko Haram, captives who are often sexually assaulted, forced into marriages with their tormentors, and sometimes killed.

Gen. Carter F. Ham, the retired head of the United States military’s Africa Command said, “You’re not just looking for 200 girls. There are many, many others who have been taken hostage, and more thousands killed, and two and a half million people displaced.”


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