Students call for return of abducted Nigerian schoolgirls

In Brussels, university students from the European Students Union also showed their support.
In Brussels, university students from the European Students Union also showed their support.
Three weeks after 276 schoolgirls were abducted in northern Nigeria by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram, most of them are still in the hands of their captors. The movement to free them has spread outside the country’s borders, with students around the world expressing support for the girls by posting photos online under the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls.
More than 200 girls from a private school in the United Kingdom – approximately the same number and age as those missing in Nigeria – posed for a series of photos.
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One of the most famous crusaders for girls’ rights to study, Malala Yousafzai, has also pitched in. In 2009, Malala herself was attacked by extremists in Pakistan who wanted to stop girls from attending school, just like those in Nigeria.

It hummed along until April 30 when news broke that hundreds of the girls would likely be shared with Islamic militants as wives — read: sex slaves — or sold for $12 at local markets.

“We have heard from members of the forest community where they took the girls,” one man told his family of the girls’ fate. “They said there had been mass marriages and the girls are being shared out as wives among the Boko Haram militants.”

And more:

The girl’s father fainted, the Guardian reported, and has since been hospitalized. But the news got worse. Village elder Pogo Bitrus told Agence France Presse locals had consulted with “various sources” in the nation’s forested northeast. “From the information we received yesterday from Cameroonian border towns our abducted girls were taken… into Chad and Cameroon,” he said, adding that each girl was sold as a bride to Islamist militants for 2,000 naira — $12.



Guadalupe Lizárraga

Periodista independiente. Fundadora de Los Ángeles Press, servicio digital de noticias en español en Estados Unidos sobre derechos humanos, género, política y democracia. Autora de las investigaciones en formato de libro Desaparecidas de la morgue (Editorial Casa Fuerte, 2017) y El falso caso Wallace (Casa Fuerte, 2018) ambos distribuidos por

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