A horrific attack on a Christian school in Nigeria resulted in the abduction of more than 200 girls. Dozens escaped, but the Nigerian government’s numbers of those left conflict with the school’s much-higher figures that put the number of those still missing close to 200. Rumors of their status float out through uncorroborated news reports, including one that has the girls sold off into marriages to Islamist terrorists.
MSNBC’s Tamron Hall interviewed the AP beat reporter in Nigeria to get an update, and the truth is that we just don’t know what has happened to the girls yet. Nor does it appear that the government has succeeded in finding out what happened in the first place, except that this was a Boko Haram operation:
Nigerian women plan to hold a protest march in Abuja to pressure the government into action:
Protesters will hold a “million-woman march” in the Nigerian capital Wednesday over the government’s failure to rescue scores of schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram Islamists two weeks ago.
Angry Nigerian parents lashed out at the government Tuesday as a local leader claimed the hostages had been sold as wives abroad.
“May God curse every one of those who has failed to free our girls,” said Enoch Mark, whose daughter and two nieces were among the more than 100 students abducted from the Government Girls Secondary School in the Chibok area of the northeastern state of Borno. …
Borno officials have said 129 girls were kidnapped when gunmen stormed the school after sundown on April 14 and forced the students — who are between 12 and 17 years old — onto a convoy of trucks. Officials said 52 have since escaped.
Locals, including the school’s principal, have rejected those numbers, insisting that 230 students were snatched and that 187 are still being held hostage.
The Nigerian Senate pushed President Goodluck Jonathan to ask for UN assistance in finding the abducted girls. Parents and family members have begun arranging their own search parties to do what the Nigerian military either cannot or will not do to rescue the girls. At the moment, though, no one knows where they are or what Boko Haram plans to do with them.
Pray for them, and for their families.