U.S. Congress condemns abduction of Chibok schoolgirls in Borno

The bipartisan resolution signifies the Congress’s support for Nigerian people, especially the parents and families of these girls and others affected by Boko Haram.

The United States Congress, Thursday, introduced a resolution condemning the abduction of over 250 girls in Borno State.

At least, 273 girls were abducted from their school hostel at the Government Girls Secondary, Chibok, by suspected Boko Haram insurgents two weeks ago. Of the number, about 43 escaped from the captors unharmed and have reunited with their families.

The kidnapped girls, most of them between the ages of 16 and 18, are reportedly being married off to the members of the Islamist sect.

The bipartisan resolution, introduced by Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chris Coons (D-DE) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) signifies the Congress’s support for Nigerian people, especially the parents and families of these girls and others affected by Boko Haram.

“Attacking and abducting young women simply for going to school is despicable and must never be tolerated,” said Mr. Boxer, who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on International Operations and Organizations, Human Rights, Democracy, and Global Women’s Issues.

“The international community must make clear that all children deserve the chance to pursue an education without fear and that those responsible for these heinous crimes will be held accountable,” Mr. Boxer added.

Public outrage and protests by Nigerians have held in major Nigerian cities as citizens condemn the apparent apathy exhibited by the federal government.

“I am extremely concerned by the kidnapping of 234 female students, 191 of whom are still missing, in north-eastern Nigeria. Boko Haram’s abduction of these young women reminds us of the difficult obstacles women and girls face around the world every day in attaining the basic freedoms enjoyed by American women,” Mr. Boxer said.


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