The NEWS (Monrovia)

16 May 2014

Liberian Women Stage Solidarity Protest

... For Abducted Nigerian Schoolgirls

A group of women under the banner, Liberian Women NGO Secretariat (WONGOSOL) Thursday staged a peaceful protest at the Nigerian Embassy in Sinkor in solidarity with hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls abducted by the Nigerian Islamist militants Boko Haram more than two weeks ago.

The Liberian women said the abduction of the over 200 school girls on April 14th and May 6th, 2014 from Chibok, in the State of Borno, Nigeria, by the Islamist Boko Haram militants is inhuman and exposes the girls to sexual violence.

The peaceful protest, according to the women, is a mass women action and also in support of global 'BRING BACK OUR GIRLS' campaign intended to show solidarity with the women of Nigeria.

The action by Liberian women Thursday comes in the wake of mounting concerns by women worldwide, including President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, United States First Lady Michelle Obama over the kidnapping of the 276 schoolgirls.

The women were seen before the Embassy singing songs and carrying placards with messages requesting the release of the schoolgirls.

The Islamist group is demanding the release of their members who are in detention in exchange of the schoolgirls.

However, reports from Nigeria say the government is ready to talk with Islamist militants to negotiate the release of the girls.

Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau said on Monday that the captured girls have been converted to Islam.

A video that emerged on Monday showed about 130 of the girls wearing hijabs and reciting Koranic verses.

The governor of north-eastern Borno State, Kashim Shettima, says all those seen in the 27-minute footage have been identified as the abducted schoolgirls from Chibok Secondary School.

The girls' families have said that most of those seized are Christians, although there are a number of Muslims among them.

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