UN envoy: America won't give up trying to find Chibok girls

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Posted: Apr 21, 2016 3:28 PM
UN envoy: America won't give up trying to find Chibok girls

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — The United States will never give up trying to bring the Chibok girls home, U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power said Thursday as she met with protesters who have been holding vigil each day in Nigeria's capital.

Two years after Boko Haram abducted the girls from their school, 219 remain missing. Power said she couldn't imagine the frustration of loved ones.

"I come here as an act of solidarity with each of you who are here every day, and for all of those days on behalf of the missing girls," she told the gathering, who chanted "Bring Back Our Girls Now and Alive," the motto of their now globally famous movement.

Power, who met in Abuja with President Muhammadu Buhari and other top officials, said Washington is working with Nigeria and neighboring countries to defeat Boko Haram and safely recover thousands more kidnapped by the extremists.

"You think, 'We're the superpower; if we really wanted this, we could just snap our fingers,'" Power said. "I wish that were so."

Power stressed that the U.S. is learning more about Boko Haram but that the effort against the group was complicated. It takes military force from able partners on the ground, protection of civilians and economic development so people in northern Nigeria have more opportunities, she said.

"We will never give up, just as you will never give up," she said.

Power visits eastern Nigeria on Friday.

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This story has been corrected to reflect that Power is visiting eastern Nigeria, not northern Nigeria, on Friday.