Women Rally In Nigeria To Demand More Action For 200 Kidnapped Girls
Five hundred women marched in Abuja yesterday, more than two weeks after female students were kidnapped from their boarding school. More rallies are planned through Monday.
At midnight on April 15, 234 girls were kidnapped from their dorm room in Chibok, in northeastern Nigeria, by Islamic militant group Boko Haram. Most have been missing ever since.
President Goodluck Jonathan has not addressed the kidnapping directly, and Nigerians are growing frustrated.
"There are lots of stories, and we don't know whom to believe," one woman told the BBC. She was hoping to hear Jonathan speak out yesterday. He did not.
Yesterday 500 people gathered in Abuja, the capital, to march to the National Assembly and deliver written demands for action to senior leaders.
Meanwhile, some media report that the remaining girls have been moved toward Cameroon and married off to Islamic militants.
"It can happen to anybody anywhere."
"This is close to home. There’s a connection by Nigerians that this can happen to me, this can be my sister, this can be my child."
"It's time we speak up, or we'll wake up one day and discover we don't have a country."
As the day wore on, massive rainclouds gathered.
But the marchers would not be deterred.
The crowd reached the parliament building during the downpour. "Bring back our girls! Come outside!" some women called to their political leaders.
Nigerians say they will keep raising their voices.