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Parents Of Chibok Girls Are Marching To Demand Urgent Rescue Of Their Daughters

Life has been “unbearable” for the Chibok community since the disappearance of the girls, a spokesperson for Bring Back Our Girls told BuzzFeed News.

Members of the “Bring Back Our Girls” campaign group marched to the presidential villa in Nigeria on Thursday morning demanding more to be done to rescue the schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram in April, 2014

The march marks 21 months since at least 276 schoolgirls were seized from their dormitories in the northeastern town of Chibok. Fifty-seven of them later escaped.

Jeff Okoroafor, spokesperson for the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) campaign group, told BuzzFeed News that since the girls were abducted, life has been “unbearable” for the community of Chibok.

At least seven of the fathers were killed in subsequent attacks on Chibok, and others died from illnesses (heart failure and high blood pressure, among others) that residents attributed to the trauma of losing their daughters.

At least 500 people were expected to attend the march, including 124 parents of the missing girls.

The group hopes that the demonstration will remind the world that more than 640 days after being kidnapped, over 200 schoolgirls are still in the hands of Boko Haram. The march also aims to “keep the issue of the Chibok girls in the front burner,” Okoroafor added.

full article at BuzzFeedNews

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U.N. says some of its peacekeepers were paying 13-year-olds for sex

The United Nations has been grappling with so many sexual abuse allegations involving its peacekeepers that Secretary General Ban Ki-moon recently called them “a cancer in our system.”

Now, officials have learned about what appears to be a fresh scandal. Investigators discovered this month that at least four U.N. peacekeepers in the Central African Republic allegedly paid girls as little as 50 cents in exchange for sex.

The case is the latest to plague the U.N. mission in the Central African Republic, whose employees have been accused of 22 other incidents of alleged sexual abuse or sexual exploitation in the past 14 months. The most recent accusations come in the wake of Ban’s efforts to implement a “zero tolerance” policy for such offenses.

The United Nations maintains nine peacekeeping operations in Africa, employing more than 100,000 people on the continent, and the abuses threaten to erode the organization’s legitimacy. Other sex-crime cases have occurred in Mali, South Sudan, Liberia and Congo in recent years.

Last month, the United Nations published a damning independentinvestigation that said that poor enforcement of policies in place to deter and report abuse meant that “the credibility of the U.N. and peacekeeping operations are in jeopardy.” Experts and officials say systemic problems still hinder the investigation and prosecution of alleged abusers, leading to a perception of impunity.

Full story The Washington Post

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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