It is time for the international community to take actions not only in responding to the Chibok abductions, but also prevent more tragedies from happening.
In the week since the kidnapping of over 200 girls in northern Nigeria, people from across the world have condemned the terrible attack caused by the Boko Harams. The truth is that before they were taken at gunpoint, the Chibok girls lead a life that was exceptional for a girl in northern Nigeria: they were in school.
There are over 14 million adolescent girls in Nigeria today and only one in 10 finish secondary school. In the north of the country where Boko Harams have carried out most of their terror attacks, less than one in 20 girls complete school. But this isn’t just a personal tragedy, it’s a generational crises, where girls are given out in marriages at the age of 15 to 19 years. If we cannot unleash the potentials and talents of the 250 million adolescent girls living in poverty, how will we end poverty tomorrow?
According to Christiane Amanpour and Andrew Marr, Prime Minister David Cameron has promised that Britain “will do what we can” to help find more than 200 kidnapped Nigerian school girls by the sign bearing the “# BRING BACK OUR GIRLS” slogan on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show. But as the search for the missing girls intensifies, we will all hope the girls can be brought safely back home and their kidnappers are brought to justice.
My opinion to this is that the Government of Nigeria should speed up actions to reconcile the girls to their mothers and also I think this is really a global issue.
Written by: Ireh Kingsley
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