Thursday, March 31, 2016

USA Africa Dialogue Series - Fwd: Boko Haram Abducted 300 Children…A Year of Silence Followed

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A Year On, No Word on 300 Abducted Children in Nigeria

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Three hundred children have been missing for a year, and there has not been a word from the Nigerian government. The elementary school students were abducted by Islamic militant group Boko Haram when it was forced to flee the town of Damasak in March 2015.

Damasak is the largest documented school abduction by Boko Haram militants. Yet it has drawn far less public attention than the group's widely condemned abduction of 276 school girls from a school in Chibok in April 2014, which inspired the international #BringBackOurGirls campaign. 219 girls are still missing from that abduction.

It is not clear to what extent the Nigerian government has acted to secure the students' release, but it has anobligation under domestic and international law to take measures to protect its citizens from Boko Haram's serious human rights abuses.

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