DATELINE UNITED NATIONS;
BY FRANK UCCIARDO
Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney was joined by Nigerian Envoys, NGO’s and several community groups to mark the one year anniversary of the Boko Haram kidnapping of 270 Nigerian schoolgirls. The NGO group #BringBackOurGirls was also on hand to host a vigil and Global School Girl March to commemorate the kidnapping.
Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney said the kidnapped girls “Spent the last year in horrific conditions, married off to their captors. Recent news reports have suggested that some of the girls may have been massacred, but we cannot give up hope. We must continue working to locate the Chibok girls and return them home to their families. We must also seek to bring these terrorists to justice so that other women cannot be hurt by their savage acts.”
Some 57 girls were reportedly able to escape from their Boko Haram captors but 219 of them are still missing and are believed to have been forcibly married off to Boko Haram soldiers or enslaved. There are reports that some of the girls are in Chad, Cameroon, or Niger Republic. Maloney also called for an investigation in response to recent reports that some of the girls may have been among those murdered in Borno State before Boko Haram soldiers were driven out by Nigerian forces. It is however unclear whether the murdered girls are the Chibok girls or other women forcibly married to Boko Haram fighters.