#BringBackOurGirls – Amnesty International works to rescue hundreds of girls abducted from school in Nigeria.
On April 14, hundreds of school girls, between the ages of 15 and 18, were abducted from the state-run boarding school in north-eastern Nigeria by the Islamist armed group Boko Haram. Weeks later, the girls are still missing and women across the country have taken to the streets and social media to demand the government do more to “bring back our girls”.
Who are Boko Haram?
Boko Haram are an Islamic terrorist group, whose name has come to signify “Western education is sinful”, and they have vowed to wipe out the influence of secular society from Northern Nigeria. Boko Haram promotes a version of Islam that makes it “haram”, or forbidden, for Muslims to take part in any political or social activity associated with Western society. This includes voting in elections, wearing shirts and trousers or receiving a secular education.
Amnesty International’s campaign
Last week, Amnesty International discovered that Nigeria’s military had advanced warning of the attack by Boko Haram that led to the kidnappings.
“Amnesty International has confirmed… that Nigeria’s military headquarters in Maiduguri was aware of the impending attack soon after 7:00 PM (1800 GMT) on 14 April, close to four hours before Boko Haram began their assault on the town.” – Amnesty International
“The fact that Nigerian security forces knew about Boko Haram’s impending raid, but failed to take the immediate action needed to stop it, will only amplify the national and international outcry at this horrific crime.” Netsanet Belay, Amnesty International’s Africa Director for Research and Advocacy.
Amnesty International is now working to #BringBackOurGirls by sending our message to the High Commissioner in Australia to help secure the safe release of the girls.
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Take action and help #BringBackOurGirls!
You can join with Amnesty International and help secure the release of the girls—write to Ayo Olukanni, the Nigerian High Commissioner in Australia, and let your message be heard: