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[16days_discussion] Fwd: [we!] Over 200 girls are missing in Nigeria - Please RESCUE THEM! #BringBackOurGirls

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Over 200 girls are missing in Nigeria - Please RESCUE THEM!

When the school girls were abducted on April 14th, the mass media barely
made mention of the fact. The international campaign to rescue them finally
caught the attention of the mass media, only after Nigerian women, women's
organisations and other movements used social media to call for solidarity.
International rallies are being held around the world and is
circulating a petition (see link at end of article).
NIGERIA: Bring back the abducted school girls of Chibok

*If we forget about these girls it means we are forgetting our own sisters,
our own people."- Malala

Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML) is enraged by the abduction of more
than 200 girls in Chibok, Borno State of Northeastern Nigeria, whose fate
remains unclear. We grieve with the families of the girls and support their
call to bring them safely back to their homes where they belong. We urge
the Nigerian government to do their utmost power in bringing the girls back
to their families and subsequently assuring they receive medical and
psychological support, and the international community to assist them.  We
are in solidarity with the people and civil society groups in Nigeria who
are opposing and resisting the rise of armed political Islamist forces who
misuse and abuse the name of Islam to justify their brutal terrorist ploy.

On Monday 14th April 2014, heavily armed men associated with the armed
political Islamist group, Boko Haram, raided the government secondary
schools for girls and kidnapped the girls who are mostly between 16 and 18
of age. The incident took place the night before their final exam. Those
who were able to escape recounted how they were awakened by the sound of
gunmen bashing in windows and setting fire to their classrooms. Within
hours, 234 of them were herded into trucks headed for the jungle. As many
as 43 managed to escape. Some swung down from trucks in the slow-moving
convoy; others ran off when they reached the forest.

There have been eyewitness reports of mass forced "marriages"  to Boko
Haram militants after the incident in the Sambisa forest where the girls
were reportedly held hostage. There are unconfirmed reports too of girls
brought across the border to neighboring countries, Chad and Cameroun, to
be sold.

The trend of conflicting information about the exact number of girls who
are still missing and the futility of the government's rescue operations
are appalling. Desperate parents launched their own rescue operations while
rescue attempts by the Nigerian security forces had, so far, been thwarted
apparently because of tips from government informants who have links with
Boko Haram and the difficult terrain of the areas controlled by Boko

Nigeria's armed forces face an uphill battle against the insurgents, who
operate in small, mobile units and whose forces are drawn from local
communities that are almost inaccessible.

Boko Haram (which literally means "books [Western education] forbidden") is
the biggest security threat in Northern Nigeria nowadays. Using terrorist
tactics, part of their agenda is to wipe out secular society in the region
that is predominantly Muslim thus they have been burning down schools,
killing pupils (e.g. 59 boys, mostly burnt to death in February 2014) and
abducting girl students
but the Chibok incident is their largest operation so far.

Education in Nigeria is as much a symbol of the hope for a prosperous
future as it is a practical means to achieve it, thus schools become easy
targets. The north-east of Nigeria already lags behind the rest of the
country in terms of education enrolment, retention and completion,
particularly of girls. Many parents are reluctant to send their daughters
to school as they believe that girls should be married at a young age and
therefore girls are withdrawn from school around
the other hand, most of Boko Haram's members are disenfranchised young boys
and men whose access to education is through the 'alamajiri" system
(discipleship of religious leaders). Unlike Nigeria's government schools,
which in several states require payment for tuition, almajiri discipleship
is free (as the boys frequently beg for charity), so even the poorest boys
can participate.

Our calls for action.

   1. The Nigerian government has the sole responsibility to provide
   protection to its citizens most especially the young and vulnerable school
   children. We therefore urge the authorities to take the following immediate
      - To do everything in its power to find and rescue the girls, and
      subsequently provide medical and psychological care and support.
      - To put in place special protection mechanisms to safeguard the
      lives and education of all children in Nigeria, particularly in the
      vulnerable north-east region.

WLUML considers the mass murder, abduction of school children and sexual
violence against girls including rape and sexual slavery  are   heinous
crimes under international law.  We call upon the Nigerian government and
the international community particularly the African Commission on Human
and Peoples' Rights to immediately and thoroughly investigate the incident
and to bring the perpetrators to justice.

quote by girls' education campaigner, Malala Yousafzai, speaking on BBC
Radio 4's Today program.

February 25, 2014,  59 were killed at the Federal Government College of
Buni Yadi in Yobe State, Nigeria. All of the students killed were male. The
twenty-four buildings of the school were also burned down as a result of
the attack.


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