Nigeria Hasnâ€™t Yet Found Its 300 Missing Girls #BringBackOurGirls #HumanRights #UnitedNations
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Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Nigerian capital Abuja, President Goodluck Jonathan discusses the kidnapping of Nigerian schoolgirls by militant group Boko Haram. The Nigerian government has stepped up efforts to find the 284 girls, offering a 50m naira (Â£177,000) reward for informationÂ http://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2014/may/08/nigeria-kidnap-president-goodluck-jonathan-pledges-video
In April Â 276 girls were abducted at gunpoint from school in Chibok, north-east Nigeria.
Many of these girls had only travelled to Chibok for their exams as their own schools had been closed for 3 months - due to the fear of attack from Boko Haram. According to the reports in media a fewÂ Â managed to escape, over 250 young women are are still missing, and are under the threat of being sold into slavery. Imagine if this was taking place with our children in the West? My heart goes to the mothers and fathers of these children. Sadly this is not an isolated event or a case. The group who calls themselves as Boko Haram have killed thousands over the past 5 years and the world has stood by and watched. Â This group has struck again Â abducting eight more schoolgirls ...Â International media attention is now focused on the country Nigeria and women globally marching on the streets with activism inside and outside the country and on social media as the world joins in demanding Â #BringBackOurGirls.
Hereâ€™s Why Nigeria Hasnâ€™t Yet Found Its 300 Missing GirlsThe world isnâ€™t just aware of the plight ofÂ three hundred girls kidnappedÂ from their boarding school in Nigeria now. It has become, finally, invested. Globally, people are demanding that the Nigerian government do more to find the 276 girls still missing, while a hashtag,Â #BringBackOurGirls,Â unites the web behind their cause. Â http://thinkprogress.org/world/2014/05/06/3434288/nigeria-army-boko-haram/
Picture: Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters
Women call for security forces to search harder for the abducted schoolgirls during a protest outside Nigeria's parliament in Abuja on April 30th 2-14Â
-An estimated one million children are forced to work in the global sex industry every year.-The global sex slavery market generates a $39 billion profit annually.-Selling young girls is more profitable than trafficking drugs or weapons.
This is a tough one because we're already doing everything we can do for this situation.
Nigeria is handling it and Obama has pledged support.
What else can we do really?
Awareness is what we as civil society can do and support this campaign voices of the mass is what needs to be heard I believe....Anne Hathaway joined Â the LA rally. Â Â https://www.facebook.com/bringbackourgirls/photos/a.218484111695963.1073741828.218477488363292/221906771353697/?type=1&relevant_count=1
Awareness and support are good. Ok, will spread the word.
From Syria to Uganda, Pakistan to Nigeria, girls are targets for terrorists:http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/world/2014/05/08/pkg-amanpour-nigeria-terrorism-girls.cnn.html
That's true. This is an issue all the time all over the world.Â
Girls get kidnapped in America too.Â
Yes girls even in the West are being effected and the more we speak about these issues it is important I Â believe many of these issues need to be address in all the schools. Â I like this quote:Â
"Just as women's rights are human rights, womenâ€™s progress is human progress."Â Hillary ClintonÂ
Hillary Clinton on Nigerian Rescue Efforts: â€˜We Need a Lot More Actionâ€™Â