Names of Nigeria's abducted girls reaches public as U.S. experts go to Nigeria

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Young women who are not too much older than the girl student who were abducted protest on the streets of Lagos, Nigeria's capital city.
Young women, who are not too much older than some of the girl students who were abducted by armed members of the group known as Boko Haram, protest on the streets of Lagos, Nigeria

(WNN) Washington, D.C., UNITED STATES, NORTH AMERICA: As the White House issued a statement promising that help from the U.S. will be happening in Nigeria in the search for what has now been determined to be 287 abducted school girls who were kidnapped during an insurgent attack on Nigeria’s Chibok Secondary Girls (High) school. Less than one month before the abduction, U.S. Ambassador and National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice met with Nigeria’s Northern State Governors to discuss the growing destruction facing the region under attacks by the rebel army known as Boko Haram.

Their conversation centered on the current needs for Nigeria, especially in handling insurgent groups like Boko Haram, a locally armed and dangerous religious extremist group that has claimed responsibility for school attack and the kidnapping of the girls who were present at the school when the attack was made.  Boko Haram has been responsible for hundreds of killings, as well as other school attacks, in the region over the past six weeks. The issue in the fight for the group is what they consider their enemies, anyone who goes against a strict fundamentalist interpretation of Islamic law.

In addition to this Boko Haram, which has almost been in existence for a decade, has also been fighting in the region against Nigerian military and security forces.

Although it has not been completely verified by WNN, a recent release of the names of 180 girls, out of 287 of the missing girl,s has been made by the Northern States Christian and Elders Forum, a group that is working inside Nigeria to bring secular attention to the issues of religious conflict in the region.

The recent Wednesday April 30 attack by gunmen on the border of Camaroon, publicly blamed on Boko Haram, has resulted in what is thought to be 300 additional killings as people were shopping at an outdoor market in the town of Gamboru Ngala. This has come as a string of violence has hit the African region since 2014 causing approximately 1,400 deaths, including member deaths in Boko Haram, outlines Amnesty International.

Now the hard job to find the girls is at hand, say the experts. In addition to assistance from the United States, experts from the UK who are already in place in Nigeria as counter-terrorism experts as well as a small military team, will work with the government to give Nigerian authorities advice on strategic action that is needed. The needs must be made immediately if any rescue of the girls is now possible.

“We’re sending in a team made up of our military and law enforcement and other experts. And we’re very glad Nigeria is excepting the help,” outlined President Obama in a short statement made on Tuesday to CBS Chicago television station WBBM reporter Megan Glaros.

Through a spokesperson the members of Boko Haram recently released a public statement saying that the kidnapped girls will now be sold into slavery. This kind of action may cause the girls to be trapped for years as they are sent out of the region to become pawns in an international ring of human-trafficking and sex-trafficking.

Almost three weeks after the attack on the Chibok Secondary school, rescuing the girls is harder than ever. It will be much more difficult now that time has passed, outlined Salil Shetty the Secretary-General of Amnesty International.

“Corruption inside the military system in Nigeria is not helping either, outlined the Amnesty International Secretary-General, who recently wrote on the issues surrounding stability in the region and the ongoing conflict in Nigeria for news network Al Jazeera English.

Following days of protests by parents and supporters inside and outside Nigeria, the social media campaign on Twitter that is working to demand Nigerian government action in the rescue of the girls continues as it uses the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls. Use of the hashtag has gone viral with well over one million tweets. Today the hashtag hit 20,000 tweets in one hour alone.


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