Ab­duc­tion of school­girls in Nige­ria sends shock­waves

SP's MAI - - ROUND-UP 2014 -

The ab­duc­tion of 276 in­no­cent school­girls in Nige­ria took a while to sink in across the rest of the world. Threats from Boko Haram, the mil­i­tant group re­spon­si­ble for the kid­nap­pings to rape, marry or sell the young women prompted the world to kick into ac­tion. Michelle Obama shared a photo of her­self hold­ing a sign pro­claim­ing ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ and other prom­i­nent fig­ures fol­lowed suit. Some of them man­aged to es­cape but, eight months later, around 200 of them re­main in the clutches of mil­i­tants who claim they have mar­ried them and made them con­vert to Is­lam. Worse still, Boko Haram kid­napped a fur­ther 185 peo­ple on De­cem­ber 19, in­clud­ing women and chil­dren.

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