Protesters urge Nigeria to step up hunt for girls abducted by Islamists
Thursday, May 01, 2014 - 01:06
May 1 - Dozens of protesters demanded that security forces pursue the search for 200 schoolgirls abducted by Islamist militants more than two weeks ago in the war-ravaged northeast. Sarah Toms reports.
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Singing from the same hymn sheet -- Dozens of protesters gather outside Nigeria's parliament calling for security forces to search harder for more than 200 schoolgirls abducted more than two weeks ago.
Relatives and civil servants are united in anger at the government's job in tracking down the rebels, who stormed the school in Borno state and grabbed the teenagers.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) FORMER NIGERIAN EDUCATION MINISTER OBY EZEKWESILI, SAYING:
"We are so frustrated at the fact that 234 children could get missing and there is actually no coherent explanation as to exactly the search and rescue operation that is going on concerning them."
Family members shed tears as reports come out that the young girls were taken as wives by suspected Boko Haram gunmen.
The scale and brutality of the school attack have shocked the nation...a country that's used to hearing about atrocities in its five year old Islamist insurgency.
The abduction has also become a symbol of the military's impotence in protecting civilians against the insurgents.
And protesters here are determined the plight of the abducted girls is not ignored.
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