On Sunday night, 11 Nigerian girls were kidnapped in two remote villages in Northeastern Nigeria. These missing girls add to the list of up to 276 girls who are currently missing in that part of the country.
Just over three weeks ago, 230 Nigerian Christian school girls were kidnapped by the Islamist group, Boko Haram, which in English is translated “Western Education is forbidden”. This group is also responsible for the recent kidnappings and many other terrorist attacks throughout the country. Nigerian PresidentGoodluck Jonathan’s attempt to retrieve the girls has been entirely unsuccessful and has undermined the President’s standing with his people.
According to Manuel Fontaine—Unicef’s regional director for west and central Africa—Boko Haram has been terrorizing villages in Northeastern Nigeria for years while nothing has been done to stop them. As late as this past Monday, large groups of Nigerians protesters have urged the government to do more to rescue the kidnapped children.
The leader of the Islamist terrorist group behind the kidnapping—Abubakar Shekau—has taken responsibility. He recently released a video in which he promised to sell the girls as slaves in the “marketplace”. Navi Pillay, the United Nations High Commissioner for human rights, told reporters: “We warn the perpetrators that there is an absolute prohibition against slavery and sexual slavery in international law.”
Although I applaud the words of Navi Pillay, I’m angered over the lack of action taken against Abubaker Shekau by the Nigerian government and the United States. More must be done to put an end to Abubaker Shekau’s terrorist attacks and to rescue these innocent Christian school girls.