Nigerian girls abducted by Islamist militants may now be rescued by the U.S. This follows a decision by the United States government to step in and help rescue the hundreds of young girls abducted by Islamist militants a couple of weeks ago. As a result, the U.S. is engaging with the Nigerian government and figuring out a way to support their efforts. According to State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf, the U.S. is working closely with the Nigerian government and says they will help in any way possible.
The group suspected of the kidnapping is called Boko Haram. It was originally reported that the group stormed a secondary all-girls school in the village of Chibok and disappeared into the forest of Cameroon. The same day of the kidnapping there was a bomb blast in the capital city which killed nearly 75 people. Those suspected of the blast were also reported to be the Boko Haram terrorist group. The Boko haram group is widely seen as a threat to the people as well as to Nigeria, Africa’s largest producer of oil and natural gas.
Harf reported that the U.S. is working closely with the Nigerian government to create a force strong enough to fight the threats of the Boko Haram group. A group of American senators also stepped in on a different level to support the rescue effort of the Nigerian girls who were abducted by the group – and as a result may be rescued by the U.S.
Many Nigerians have been frustrated with the efforts of their government and say the government needs to act very soon to rescue the hundreds of Nigerian girls who have been abducted. Some frustrated native folk took to searching for the girls on their motorbikes and drove into the forest where the girls had last been seen. The mothers of the school girls have created a protest movement and have been marching with signs in an effort to stir the government into more action. They have turned to the United States in the hope that the U.S. will rescue the Nigerian girls who have gone missing.
Parents have reported a total number of 276 girls, however it has been reported that 53 escaped and 223 are still captive. The parents of the still-missing children say that the government is not taking matters seriously, but instead they are playing politics with the lives of their daughters. It has also been reported that the government of Nigeria has stated that they are committed to searching and finding the girls who have gone missing. According to witnesses, militants have been seen driving in cars towards Cameroon, which is an ominous sign.
The government of Nigeria has been trying to reassure citizens that they are taking every piece of information they have into consideration. They say they are putting a great deal of effort into search and rescue. However, the armed forces are also aware of the fact that the abduction of the 276 Nigerian girls might have been a ploy to distract the government from other terrorist activities on the nation. The education commissioner has said that the situation is also a very delicate matter and that they do not want to divulge too much information about their efforts openly to the public since it may put the rescue mission at risk. The safety of the girls is vital, and they do not want to jeopardize their safety in any way.
The local citizens want more to be done, and so they have created a social media awareness effort. They are speaking about the government doing more to bring back their girls and spreading this across social media platforms. One of the local music engineers created an iReport and sent this to CNN to force the government to do more about the kidnapping of the 276 Nigerian girls who were abducted. Many are counting on the U.S to rescue the Nigerian girls and bring them home safely.
By Anah Ayala