Nigerians keep up protests to demand action on kidnapped girls
Sunday, July 13, 2014 - 01:24
''Bring Back Our Girls'' protesters in Nigeria's capital Abuja demand action and voice their disappointment at government's failure to rescue the abducted school girls. Nathan Frandino reports.
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Three months of protests and the demand remains the same.
In Abuja, Nigerians are pressuring the government into rescuing the remaining girls kidnapped by Boko Haram.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) FATHER OF ABDUCTED GIRL, SHETIMA HARUNA, SAYING:
"Since the abduction of the girls... three months ago, up to now, we didn't see....we didn't see any support from government."
The protests have become known as the "Bring Back Our Girls" campaign.
One of its leaders hopes it will change the way the government acts.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) OBY EZEKWESILI, FORMER EDUCATION MINISTER AND ONE OF THE LEADERS OF "BRING BACK OUR GIRLS" CAMPAIGN, SAYING:
"This is about Nigerians who not even knowing these girls are saying we can't be in a country where we could lose 219 girls that can be saved and then we all ignore that and carry on with our own individual lives."
The kidnapping has put the international spotlight on a violent 5-year-old battle for an Islamic state by insurgents who have killed thousands since 2009.
At least 530 civilians have been killed by the militants since the day of the abduction.
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