Nigerians demand authorities do more to free kidnapped schoolgirls

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Several hundred people gathered for a rally in Nigeria’s capital Abuja on Wednesday afternoon to demand that the government rescue the more than 100 schoolgirls that were kidnapped by insurgents in the country’s north two weeks ago.
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“Find our girls, rescue them, and bring them home”

Our Observer Chioma Agweugbo, a Nigerian blogger, was at the rally.
 
Most of the women who came out today are older women, mothers themselves, but there are also men and some young people. The message to the government is clear: find our girls, rescue them, and bring them home. So far, nothing’s been done. About 50 girls are now free, but they escaped on their own, they didn’t get rescued.
 
Moreover, there is no communication about what’s going on. The military says they’re actively looking for the girls, but they don’t tell the people what efforts are being deployed. There aren’t even clear figures about how many girls are missing. How can you save people you can’t even account for? It’s really terrifying.

"Our government seems to respond well to embarrassment"
What we’re doing today is largely symbolic. Our government seems to respond well to embarrassment on the international stage, so we’re hoping that this will spur them to action.
 
This tragedy has united Nigerians from all walks of life, whether Christian or Muslim. At the end of the day these are kids we’re talking about – it’s not about who’s from where, or who’s worshipping what. The girls must come home.
 
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