On April 15th almost 300 school girls were abducted from a school in Nigeria. The act was performed by anti-Christian group called Boko Haram. The group’s name means “Western education is forbidden.” They believe that Western beliefs and values must be extinguished.
According to CNN, US-American reconnaissance aircraft started to overfly the West African country in order to find traces of the kidnapped girls. Furthermore, the USA are supply satellite pictures of the country to the Nigerian government.
According to the government in Washington, a team of experts was sent to Nigeria, but there are no plans to also send US-American strike forces. On the weekend, there has been a meeting of international experts with professionals from the Nigerian ministry of defense. Supposedly, a military deployment is planned during the next few days. Allegedly, the team of experts are going to use information provided by secret services as well as drones and technology to X-ray buildings.
As the governor of Borno, the state in the Northeast of Nigeria explained, there are first clues to the whereabouts of the hostages, which were provided to the military.
Meanwhile, the terrorist group Boko Haram published a video showing about 130 of the 300 girls, that were kidnapped mid-April. The British BBC showed parts of the video that was spread by the AFP on Monday. The girls, that can be seen in the video wear Muslim robes and recite verses from the Koran. The head of the Boko Haram group, Abubakar Shekau explains in the video, that most of the girls were “freed” by being converted to Islam.
Furthermore, they announced, they were ready for negotiations with the Nigerian government and would enfranchise the girls, if the public authorities would free the arrested Boko Haram members.
Amongst politicians concerned over the girls’ abduction is French president François Hollande who announced a security summit in Paris on Saturday. For the summit, representatives of Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Benin are expected.
People all over the world support the families and friends of the abducted Nigerian girls using the term “Bring back our girls.” Probably the most famous supporter is the first lady of the USA, Michelle Obama, but also many more internationally famous people support the campaign like singer Alicia Keys, talk show host Ellen DeGeneres and Women’s rights and education activist Malala Yousafzai.
Furthermore, there’s a campaign that features the statement “Real men don’t buy girls”, which is connected to the case of the abducted children in Nigeria, because it is supposed, that some of them were sold to slave traders over the borders to other countries. Supporters of this campaign, who raise their voice against human trafficking are singer and actor Justin Timberlake, actors Ashton Kutcher and Bradley Cooper and Canadian rapper Drake.
The terrorist group Boko Haram wants to create a Muslim embossed theocracy in the North of Nigeria. There have been many attacks in the past. Since 2009, more than 6000 people have died in terror assassinations by Boko Haram.