Monday, 5 May 2014

Boko Haram: Criminals and Slavers

Back in April Islamist group Boko Haram, attacked a school and kidnapped some 300 school girls, children as part of their so-called war to establish a medieval Islamic caliphate in Northern Nigeria.

Reuters reports:

"I abducted your girls. I will sell them in the market, by Allah," Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau said in the video, according to AFP, which is normally the first media outlet to get hold of Shekau's videos.

What they really should be classified as are criminals and slavers.

A petition has been launched by to obtain international support for the campaign to free the children:

Over 200 girls are missing in Nigeria – Please RESCUE THEM! #BringBackOurGirls

In Nigeria, over 200 girls were recently abducted from their boarding school by a terrorist group, Boko Haram, that may be selling them as brides for $12 each. This petition calls on the Nigerian government and all enabled international parties to immediately rescue them.

The abducted 200+ girls are victims of an ongoing conflict within Nigeria that they did not create, and their voices need to be heard. I can only imagine what these 200+ girls have been through, yet the government is not doing nearly enough to save them.

The Boko Haram group, which is believes to be responsible for their abduction, has repeatedly said girls should not be educated. I am a young educated Nigerian who believes every young child regardless of their sex, should not be denied access to education. I believe the Nigerian government must do more to ensure the safe return of these girls.

By signing this petition we declare our solidarity with the kidnapped girls and call upon the world not to forget them, support all efforts to ensure their safe return, and ask President Goodluck Jonathan and the Nigerian Government to ensure all schools are safe places to learn, protected from attack.

Sign here:

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