#BBOG: Third year commemoration,195 girls still missing

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[Borno]–On April 14, 2014, 276 schoolgirls were abducted from their hostels by members of the Islamic sect, Boko Haram, in Chibok, Borno State, Nigeria, making it the third year of the abduction of these innocent girls.

21 girls were released by the sect, 57 escaped, four were found, 19 troubled parents died and 195 are still missing.

The Bring Back Our Girls movement have designed activities to remind the people and government of Nigeria about the remaining the girls and measures to protect the rescued once.

The movement, through their website, made some demands from the government of Nigeria.

According to the movement, there should be “improved communications on Nigerian security happenings with daily briefings on the rescue of the abducted girls.”

Goverment should also “create communication channels that help inform the public on safety measures being taken to protect Nigerian citizens.”

“Provision of rehabilitation services, such as counseling and healthcare, as well as witness protection” should be provided to “all abducted girls who have escaped or been rescued.”

“Take measures to ensure the protection of children of school age to curb future abductions and sexual violence.

“Passage of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Bill (VAPP BIll) that protects girls to ensure persecution of those responsible for sexual violence once captured, the demands read.

The commemoration activities started since last week Friday, March 7 with a press release on the third year commemoration of the sad occurrence; other activities included, tree planting (April 8),  special Sunday service (April 9), workshop on missing persons (April 10), public discussion to address way forward (April 11), meeting with creatives and artists (April 12) and round table with broadcast and print media (April 13).

Today, April 14, which marks the third year of the abduction, will also mark the launching of the First Chibok Girls Inaugural Lecture, which will feature the Emir of Kano, Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi and Professor Grace Alele Williams as the speakers.

There will also be a press conference to mark the commemoration.

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