CRISIS COALITION STATEMENT ON THE ABDUCTED GIRLS IN NIGERIA
The Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition joins the world in condemning, in the most vehement terms, the abduction of young girls in the Federal Republic of Nigeria by Boko Haram, a militant and terrorist grouping. We demand the girls’ immediate and unconditional release.
On 14 April 2014 Boko Haram militants stormed a state-run school in Chibok, Borno State and abducted more than 276 girls from the school dormitory in the middle of the night. A further eight girls aged between 12 and 17 were abducted from Warabe Village.
We view Boko Haram’s cruelty and violence against civilians and the girl child in particular as an unconscionable act and a gross violation of Human Rights. Insults against the liberty of children and the targeting of schools are unconventional methods of warfare prohibited under international law. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child prohibits “abduction, sale or traffic of children for any purpose.”
The Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition extends its heartfelt solidarity and support to the families of the abducted girls. We are fully cognisant of the anguish and pain the families are going through.
We also welcome the international support that has been rendered to the Nigerian government towards the finding and rescuing the abducted girls. We also urge ECOWAZ, and African Union (AU) members to play their part, these are after all African Children and well-wishers cannot be expected to weep more than the bereaved.
As the Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition we will support actions that seek to bring all perpetrators to Justice.
Issued by: Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition
1. Mfundo Mlilo, Spokesperson, Mobile: +263 772 127 397 / +1 612 483 0685
2. Joy Mabenge, Acting National Coordinator, Mobile: +27795584683 /+263772904479