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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Nigeria marks 365 days of school girls’ abduction by Boko Haram

Nigeriaand proponents of #BringBackOurGirlson Tuesday marked the first anniversary of Boko Haram's abduction of 219 schoolgirls from the northeastern town of Chibok, as part of a series of events planned to eradicate the terrorist group, reports ITRealms.

The sad incident,  ITRealms reports happened on the 14thApril 2014, when the bokoharam terrorist group stormedthe government secondary school in Borno, while the students were preparing for their school leaving examination.

The one year remembrance programmeand renewed calls for their release came as Amnesty International said that the terrorist group had kidnapped about 2,000 females (including women and girls) since the beginning of year 2014.

The focus of the one-year remembrance program was on Nigeria's capital, Abuja, where prayers and vigils had been held seeking the safe return of the abducted girls, reports ITRealms

The United Nations and African rights groups, it was gathered by ITRealms also called for an end to the targeting of boys and girls (child murder) in the conflict, which had claimed about 15,000 dead and some 1.5 million people displaced, 800,000 of them children.
HabibatBalogun, a member of the campaign group expressed her grievances on the missing girls, saying that the world at large should not rest on their oars until the girls are found.
"It's wonderful that the world is remembering and... sending the message that we are not going to forget and we are not going to stop until we know what has happened to our girls," she told ITRealms.

In New York, the #BringBackOurGirls campaign said the Empire State Building would be lit in its colours of red and purple, to symbolise an end to violence against women.

The rate of abduction by the terrorist is becoming alarming, and the mass abduction of the chibok girlsbrought the brutality of the terrorist insurgency unprecedented worldwide attention and prompted a viral social media campaign demanding their immediate release.

Criticisms come from different angles on the Nigeria’s government for its initial response to the crisis and were forced into accepting foreign help in the rescue effort after a groundswell of global outrage.The military has said it knows where the girls are but has ruled out a rescue effort because of the dangers to the girls' lives.

In a new report published on Tuesday, a senior military officer was quoted as saying the girls were being held at different Boko Haram camps, including in Cameroon and possibly Chad.

The Chibok abduction was one of 38 it had documented since the beginning of last year, with women and girls who escaped saying they were subjected to forced labour and marriage, as well as rape.
#BringBackOurGirlsorganisers thanked supporters across the world, from ordinary men, women and children to public figures such as US First Lady Michelle Obama and Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai.

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