Nigerians Call for a Million Woman March to Demand the Release of 234 School Girls Abducted by Islamic Militants
Women for Peace and Justice have called for a million-woman march, drawing activists to Abuja to march on the Nigerian capital in demand of greater resource allocation to finding and releasing 234 girls still reported as abducted by suspected Boko Haram militants. Following reports released yesterday that their captors were forcefully marrying the kidnapped school girls and ferrying them across Lake Chad into Chad and Cameroon, an added sense of immediacy has shaped the voice of the protest as parents’, advocates’, and vigilantes’ angst grows restless. An Islamic insurgency considered a terrorist network by the U.S. and other Western governments, Boko Haram is responsible for more than 1,500 deaths this year alone in Nigeria and continues to wreak havoc on the nation’s northern Christian populations.
4/30/2014 Nigeria (BBC) – Demonstrators are to march through the Nigerian capital Abuja to press for the release of more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by militants two weeks ago.
They say they will march to the National Assembly and demand more action from the government, which has been criticised for not doing enough.
The Islamist group Boko Haram has been blamed for abducting the girls from their school in Chibok, Borno state.
Boko Haram has not yet made any response to the accusation.
The group, whose name means “Western education is forbidden” in the local Hausa language, has been blamed for 1,500 deaths in attacks this year alone.