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Meanwhile, speaking in New York today, Hillary Clinton called these kidnappings “an act of terror.”

 

Hillary Clinton: Nigerian capture an ‘act of terror’

It was the first time Clinton has spoken out about the capture of the girls, who were seized from a Nigerian school in mid-April. More than 300 were initially kidnapped, but some escaped. At least 276 are reported to still be held captive by the Islamist militia Boko Haram, which has threatened to sell them.

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Neither do real men steal and sell girls.  Neither do real men laugh about it.

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U.S. Forming ‘Coordination Cell’ in Nigeria to Find Abducted Girls

… just hours before Kerry spoke on Tuesday, a report was released that eight more girls have been kidnapped from a village near one of the Islamists’ strongholds in northeastern Nigeria overnight, according to police and residents. The girls were aged 12 to 15.

Lazarus Musa, a resident of the village of Warabe, told Reuters that armed men had opened fire during the raid.

“They were many, and all of them carried guns. They came in two vehicles painted in army color. They started shooting in our village,” Musa said by telephone from the village in the hilly Gwoza area, Boko Haram’s main base.

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A statement so smug, pompous, and chilling:

 

‘I abducted your girls,’ Nigerian Islamist leader reportedly says in video

Terrorists fund their activities via trafficking in poached animal parts, drugs, and human beings. They are nothing but gangsters masquerading as religious zealots.

If this is not the first instance of girls being kidnapped this way,  it is good to see the story finally getting media coverage.   It should not have taken this long considering the huge bucks spent by the media covering a lost airliner long after finding survivors was hopeless, and lesser but considerable amounts spent on the sunken ferry story after it was clear that there were no survivors inside.  These girls are alive and need to be rescued.  Enough time has been wasted.

Girls belong in school not in terrorist camps. They belong with their parents and their teachers, not transported across borders. Their government must rescue them, and if that government needs help, assuredly many are willing to assist.

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Access to education is a basic right & an unconscionable reason to target innocent girls. We must stand up to terrorism.

Cross-posted at Still 4 Hill.

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stands in solidarity with Nigerians & people around the world calling for action to

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I hope Americans appreciate the ferocity and dedication with which these girls pursue education and how hard their parents work to provide it only to lose them this way.  We take our educational opportunities for granted too easily and often.

These students are like girls in any country where education for anybody is at a premium and where the girls are the last in line.  They know they are privileged to be in school,  live up to that privilege very seriously, and always know their stuff.

They are very goal-oriented. Being the child bride of thugs is not among their objectives.  They are planning to study medicine, international studies, law, education, nursing, business and marketing,  etc.

They are so far out of their environment right now.  This is so alien to them.  We need to make a lot of noise about this – make people aware.

Media coverage has been paltry.  These are not passengers on a long-missing airliner (covered) or children known dead on a ferry (covered).  They are alive, in danger, and need to be rescued.  This needs much better media coverage.

Raise your voice, please.  Inform. Participate and follow.

@BringGirlsBack 

#BringBack OurGirls

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