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Kidnapped Girls in Nigeria – The Impact on the Community
By admin July 25, 2014

The abduction of more than 200 girls on April 14th from a school in Chibok sparked global outrage, and now the Associated Press has a report that shows the impact on the families of the girls has been particularly severe. Disturbingly, 11 parents of the schoolgirls have died in the past three months since their kidnapping. Seven fathers of girls were among  51 bodies brought to the Chibok hospital after an attack on the nearby village of Kautakari this month. At least four more parents have died of heart failure, high blood pressure and other illnesses that the community blames on post-traumatic stress. Chibok has been cut off from government control by Boko Haram, which has staged repeated attacks that show no sign of abating. Chibok and nearby villages are targets because they are enclaves of staunch Christians in predominantly Muslim north Nigeria. Residents feel so abandoned that they appealed this month for the United Nations to send troops to protect them. The U.N. has repeatedly urged Nigeria’s government to live up to its international responsibility to protect citizens. President Goodluck Jonathan insists his government and military are doing everything possible to ensure the girls’ release. But after three months, few Chibok residents believe all the schoolgirls will ever return home.

AP Photo/ Gbemiga Olamikan

AP Photo/ Gbemiga Olamikan

 

 


 

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