Friday, August 28, 2015

500 Days Later, Nigeria remembers Bring Back Our Girls horror


Memorials and services for the 500 days since 200 Nigerian Chibok Schoolgirls were taken. It would be 500 days on August 27, 2015, since Nigeria's Chibok School girls were abducted by the Boko Haram insurgent group.

People around the world campaigned with the hashtag #bringbackour girls. A campaign which hits over 2 billion tweets and the biggest social media fails in 2014. Most of the parents of the missing teens still harbor griefs, frustrations and a thin hope that their daughters will be rescued coming to 500 days after they were abducted at Chibok.

Co-ordinators, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili and Hadiza Bala Usman are planning a “Global Week of Action” to commemorate the tragedy of their abduction.

They said “we never envisaged that our girls would still not be rescued nearly 500 days after their abduction. We are extremely saddened as the 500- day mark approaches.

“However, in the last few weeks, we have had cause for a rekindled hope, our confidence boosted, and are more assured that sooner than later our girls shall return.

“This is as a result of some pragmatic steps our government has been taken recently: our president’s December 2015 deadline to have the terrorists decimated; what we see as the compliance by our military to annihilate the terrorists by November, and so on.

“We call on all to hold special prayers at their various places of worship this weekend. We encourage many more, who are empathetic to the cause of our #ChibokGirls in Nigeria, and around the world to join in this “Global Week of Action.”

“This Friday, August 21, 2015 marks the beginning of our “Global Week of Action” (GWA), themed, “500 Days On, Chibok Girls – Crying To Be Rescued, Never To Be Forgotten.”

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