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Two Year Anniversary of Boko Haram Kidnapping of the Chibok Schoolgirls

Apr 14, 2016 | Blog

Today marks the second anniversary of the tragic Boko Haram kidnapping of over 200 schoolgirls from Chibok, Nigeria. Of the 267 girls who were originally abducted, only 57 have managed to escape. Two years later, 219 remain held captive by this Islamic terrorist group.

Boko Haram has enslaved these children and forced them to convert and become “wives” of Boko Haram fighters. These girls have faced unspeakable horrors such as sexual assault and rape. Additionally, Boko Haram has trained these girls to be suicide bombers in Nigeria, Chad and Cameroon.

This Administration has been fearful of calling out the crimes of Boko Haram as not only terrorist attacks but religiously motivated attacks. The majority of the schoolgirls were Christian- the school was chosen because it was in a Christian town, yet the Administration failed to recognize the religious nature of the crime.

On this sad anniversary, the United States needs to increase its assistance to Nigeria in order to ensure that every one of these girls is returned to their families. Additionally, the U.S. needs to continue to support the multinational effort to defeat Boko Haram.”