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"Bring Back Our Girls"

CHRIO asks government to accelerate agreements to release abducted girls in Nigeria

Posted on Monday, October 27, 2014

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Entire villages have been displaced and forced into exile, while kidnappings of girls and adolescents "have not stopped."Report

On October 17, 2014, the Nigerian Army and the Islamic guerrilla group Boko Haram agreed to "a ceasefire” and the imminent release of more than 200 abducted girls and teenagers as they slept in a school internship.

The incident occurred on April 14 of this year in the village of Chibok, in the northeast of this African nation and, to date, no one knows exactly where they have been taken.

The drama of the kidnapping is surrounded by unconfirmed rumors. There are versions that they have been separated into two groups: 16 and 18 years old girls and girls under 16 years of age, taken to different parts of the region.

The widespread belief is that these school girls are in the forest of Sambisa, a large ecological reserve between Nigeria and Cameroon.

According to the press office of the BBC in Nigeria, the situation "has deteriorated dramatically" in the northeast of the country since the mass kidnapping occurred.

The Islamic guerrilla group Boko Haram in Nigeria maintains "a bloody campaign" that has killed more than 3,000 people so far this year and about 13,000 since 2009. Entire villages have been displaced and forced into exile, while kidnappings of girls and adolescents "have not stopped."

The ruthless actions of Boko Haram, which holds similarities with the organization Islamic State of Syria and the Levant (ISIL, for its English acronym), has generated worldwide outrage.

The campaign "Bring Back Our Girls" has mobilized millions of people through social media to pressure the Nigerian government to take specific actions to find the whereabouts of these school girls and their release by their captors.

This initiative has been joined by people like Michelle Obama and Malala Yousafzai, the young Pakistani who was recently awarded with the Nobel Peace Prize.

A little over six months after the mass kidnapping, the Canadian Human Rights International Organization (CHRIO) has joined this worldwide initiative and asks Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan to accelerate negotiations between military commanders and senior leaders of Boko Haram, for the safe and unharmed return of these abducted students to their respective homes.

The despair of their families requires a commitment without delay.

Toronto, Canada, 10/27/2014

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