Former First Lady of the US and current Democrats Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has written a letter to the BringBackOurGirls (BBOG) campaigners, pledging her support to stand with them and ensure the safe return of the girls.
Mrs Clinton in her letter lamented Boko Haram’s resort to use young children as suicide bombers, the sexual violence, forced marriages and the continuous kidnap of children, and vowed to help in the fight against terrorism in Nigeria.
Part of the letter reads:
“Today marks two years since hundreds of schoolgirls were kidnapped in Chibok, Nigeria. They were taken from their dormitory in the dead of night by the terrorist group Boko Haram. Until they’re freed, they and their families won’t know peace.
“I stand with the people of Nigeria and all those who have been working diligently to secure the safe return of the Chibok girls and bring an end to Boko Haram’s brutal acts of terror.
“My heart aches for the hundreds of boys and girls who have been kidnapped by Boko Haram over the years. They have suffered sexual violence and forced marriage. UNICEF report that one in five suicide bombings by Boko Haram has been carried out by a child – mostly girls, some as young as 8. No child should have to endure these atrocities.
“This anniversary is a stark reminder of the work we must do to advance equality for women and girls around the world. It’s the right thing to do, and it improves security and prosperity for everyone. That starts with freeing the Chibok girls, and stopping the terror of Boko Haram.”
The Chibok girls were abducted on the night of April 14, 2014 from their school, Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno state.While 57 of them managed to escape out of 276 abducted, 219 of them remain missing.
A released video by the Islamic extremists, Boko Haram, obtained by CNN shows some of the missing Chibok Girls. The new video apparently filmed in December was sent to the government negotiators and it shows 15 girls in black robes identifying themselves as pupils abducted from the school. Some of the girls have also been identified by their parents.