May 1, 2014

Nigerian Women Demonstrate, Demand Release Of Abducted School Girls

The protesters braved heavy rain to deliver their message to parliament.
The protesters braved heavy rain to deliver their message to parliament.

Hundreds of mainly women protesters have marched through the Nigerian capital, Abuja, to press for the release of 230 schoolgirls abducted by militants two weeks ago.

The government should, if necessary, negotiate with their captors to secure their release, a protester said.

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 staged a wave of attacks in northern Nigeria in recent years, with an estimated 1,500 killed in the violence and subsequent security crackdown this year alone.

‘No body bags’

Organisers said about 500 people, most of them women dressed in red, braved heavy rain to march to the National Assembly to hand over a letter to complain that the government was not doing enough to secure the release of the girls.

The protest, labelled the “million-woman march”, had been called by the Women for Peace and Justice organisation.

BBC

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