Chibok Girls/Boko Haram
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United States House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi yesterday reaffirmed Capitol Hill’s support for finding the 219 schoolgirls who were abducted two years ago.
Alongside fellow members of Congress and girls who had escaped the 2014 kidnapping, Pelosi (D-Calif.) they repeated pledges to locate the girls and bring them to safety.
“We must and we will bring back the girls,” Pelosi said during a news conference outside the Capitol to mark the two-year anniversary.
Representative Frederica Wilson of Florida is easy to spot in a crowd. Dressed all in red from her cowboy hat to her boots, she stood on the East Front of the U.S. Capitol on Thursday to mark the somber two-year anniversary of the abduction of more than 200 girls from the northern Nigerian village of Chibok by the militant group Boko Haram.
Wilson leads a weekly gathering of members of Congress to call for the release of the girls. The attending lawmakers dress in red, too, just as demonstrators in Nigeria do.
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It's been two years since Boko Haram militants raided a school in Nigeria, capturing hundreds of girls. It sparked outrage around the world and the social media campaign, Bring Back Our Girls. But now CNN is airing what it says is a proof of life video. It was reportedly made in December and shows some of the more than 200 missing students. NPR's Michele Kelemen reports that the video is sparking new cause in Washington for action, including from someone who knows the girls well.
On the second anniversary of Boko Haram's kidnapping of hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls, Florida Democratic Rep. Frederica S. Wilson and colleagues vowed to continue pushing for their return.
Today marks a dark moment in Nigeria’s history. On February 24, 2014, the Islamist militant group Boko Haram killed 59 boys at the Buni Yadi secondary school in Yobe state. That same year, Boko Haram killed enough people to earn the title of the “world’s deadliest terrorist group.”