A former First Lady of the United States and Presidential aspirant of the Democrats, Mrs Hillary Clinton has written a letter to the BringBackOurGirls (BBOG) activists, pledging to support their efforts in securing the safe return of the girls.
The letter came on the occasion of the second anniversary of the kidnap of 219 school girls at a government school in Chibok, Borno state.
Mrs Clinton, in her letter vowed to help in the fight against terrorism in Nigeria, adding that there will soon be an end to Boko Haram’s brutal acts of terror.
While lamenting Boko Haram’s resort to the use of very young children as suicide bombers, the sexual violence, forced marriages and the continuous kidnap of children, Clinton said that no child should have to endure such atrocities.
According to her, the two years anniversary is a stark reminder of the work that must be done to advance equality for women and girls around the world, as such a move will improve security and prosperity.
The letter read, “Today marks two years since hundreds of schoolgirls were kidnapped in Chibok, Nigeria. They were taken from their dormitory in the dead of night by the terrorist group Boko Haram. Until they’re freed, they and their families won’t know peace.
“I stand with the people of Nigeria and all those who have been working diligently to secure the safe return of the Chibok girls and bring an end to Boko Haram’s brutal acts of terror.
“My heart aches for the hundreds of boys and girls who have been kidnapped by Boko Haram over the years. They have suffered sexual violence and forced marriage. UNICEF report that one in five suicide bombings by Boko Haram has been carried out by a child – mostly girls, some as young as 8. No child should have to endure these atrocities.
“This anniversary is a stark reminder of the work we must do to advance equality for women and girls around the world. It’s the right thing to do, and it improves security and prosperity for everyone. That starts with freeing the Chibok girls, and stopping the terror of Boko Haram.”
For the past 717 days, the #BringBackOurGirls’ advocates had engaged in consistent, daily advocacy to ensure the rescue of the girls safe return, reunion and reintegration with their families and communities.