Wikipedia on Nigeria’s girls kidnapped by Boko Haram
Chibok schoolgirls kidnapping
On the night of 14–15 April 2014, 276 female students were kidnapped from the Government Secondary School in the town of Chibok in Borno State, Nigeria. Responsibility for the kidnappings was claimed by Boko Haram, an extremist and terrorist organization based in northeastern Nigeria. 57 of the schoolgirls managed to escape over the next few months and some have described their capture in appearances at international human rights conferences.
Since then hopes were raised on various occasions that the 219 remaining girls might be released. Newspaper reports suggested that Boko Haram was hoping to use the girls as a negotiating pawns in exchange for some of their commanders in jail. In May 2016, one of the missing girls, Amina Ali, was found. She claimed that the remaining girls were still there, but that six had died. A second girl was discovered later in the week, but parents have expressed doubts as her name is not among those originally missing.
The Islamist group Boko Haram wants to institute an Islamic caliphate in Nigeria and is in particular opposed to western-style modern education, which they say lures people away from following Islamic teaching as a way of life. Thousands of people have been killed in attacks perpetrated by the group, and the Nigerian federal government declared a state of emergency in May 2013 in Borno State in its fight against the insurgency. The resulting crackdown has led to the capture or killing of hundreds of Boko Haram members, with the remainder retreating to mountainous areas from which they have increasingly targeted civilians. However, the campaign has failed to stabilise the country. A French military operation in Mali also pushed Boko Haram and AQIM terrorists into Nigeria.
Since 2010, Boko Haram has targeted schools, killing hundreds of students. A spokesperson for the group said such attacks would continue as long as the Nigerian government continued to interfere with traditional Islamic education. 10,000 children have been unable to attend school as a result of activities by Boko Haram.Boko Haram has also been known to kidnap girls, whom it believes should not be educated, and use them as cooks or sex slaves.
Boko Haram’s attacks have intensified in 2014. In February, the group killed more than 100 Christian men in the villages of Doron Baga and Izghe. Also in February, 59 boys were killed in the Federal Government College attack in northeastern Nigeria. In March, the group attacked the Giwa military barracks, freeing captured militants. The abduction occurred on the same day as a bombing attack in Abuja in which at least 88 people died. Boko Haram has been blamed for nearly 4,000 deaths in 2014. Training received from al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has helped Boko Haram intensify its attacks.
So, what did Hillary do? She tells them that military is not the answer.
US tells Nigeria military not enough to beat Islamists Thu Aug.9, 2012 4:30pm GMT By Andrew Quinn
ABUJA, Aug 9 (Reuters) – The United States wants to help Nigeria fight Islamists it sees as a growing regional menace, but it cannot rely on military might alone, an official travelling with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said. Clinton arrived in Africa’s most populous nation on Thursday offering to help President Goodluck Jonathan fight Boko Haram, a Taliban-like group that wants to establish a strict Islamic state in the north of the vast country. Boko Haram has launched bomb and gun attacks on churches this year that provoked Christians to deadly reprisals against Muslims. Hundreds of people have died and Washington is concerned about insecurity spreading. “Northern Nigeria also borders Chad, it borders Cameroon, it borders Niger and we are concerned this radicalism could undermine the security of neighbouring states,” the senior U.S. official said. Jonathan’s critics say he is over-reliant on the military to defeat Boko Haram, rather than addressing northerners’ grievances, such as poverty and UNCLASSIFIED U.S. Department of State Case No. F-2014-20439 Doc No. C05792411 Date: 11/30/2015 unemployment and Clinton will lean on him to address the underlying causes of the insurgency. “A security strategy is not enough,” the official said. Military crackdowns have had mixed results – reducing Boko Haram’s capabilities in some areas but generating anger because of their heavy handedness. Washington will offer Nigeria help with things like forensics, tracking of suspects and “fusing” disparate strands of police and military intelligence, the U.S. official said. “We know all too well from our own experiences in both Iraq and Afghanistan what can happen if soldiers and police are not operating under appropriate authorities.” “W e will encourage them not to use excessive force and to look at this as a … law enforcement operation designed to catch perpetrators and bring them to justice,” he added. Clinton will also address a law on oil production that has been stuck in parliament for more than five years leaving majors like Exxon and Chevron uncertain about the regulatory future in Africa’s biggest crude producer. The official said Clinton would urge a “fair and predictable environment” for oil companies in the Petroleum Industry Bill. “If a bill comes out which appears to undermine the interest of companies, they won’t invest,” the official said. DGH
And then she sends her daughter:
ABUJA (AP) – Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of the former U.S. president and the current U.S. Secretary of State, visits Nigeria’s capital as part of a trip organized by her father’s foundation. Clinton visited Nigeria’s Aso Rock presidential villa on Tuesday and met with President Goodluck Jonathan. She later spoke about the Clinton Health Access Initiative and its efforts to reduce child mortality in Nigeria, an oil-rich but poverty-stricken nation. Clinton said she supported efforts to increase health coverage in Nigeria. She also lauded work being done to end diarrhea-related deaths of children in Nigeria by distributing rehydration tablets. The Clinton Health Access Initiative estimates making the tablets available to children could help prevent as many as 220,000 child deaths a year in Nigeria.
I wonder how much those tablets cost the CHAI. It is obvious Hillary et al. were not taking Nigeria seriously:
And while I’m writing, here is about the most straightforward piece about HRC ever written in the NY Times – with this classic line: “…a Liberian man with a long wooden horn followed her around most of the visit, blowing out loud funny noises whenever she said something striking.”
From: Burns Strider To: H; mmoore Sent: Thu Aug 13 18:52:40 2009 Subject: damn this is good… The first sentence sets the tone for a great piece… that first sentence has something for everyone: pride in America, empathy for do-gooders and a hard line for the hard-nosed patriots… “but Africa got one anyway.”
KANO (Reuters) – Gunmen sprayed a mosque with bullets in Nigeria’s biggest northern city of Kano on Friday, killing five worshippers, a police spokesman said. Majiya Musa said the attackers were suspected to be from radical Islamist sect Boko Haram, which is waging an increasingly violent insurgency in the north of Africa’s most populous country. “They came on the back of a motorcycle and shot sporadically at worshippers this evening … the situation is now under control. An investigation has been launched,” he said.
Then Hillary congratulates herself for a job well done!
Your Daily Snapshot for Tuesday, September 18, 2012 Secretary of State Hilary Rodham Clinton Tours Africa Secretary of State Hilary Rodham Clinton toured Africa last month. The trip focused on numerous policy issues including democracy and governance, economic growth, peace and security, and women’s empowerment. While on the continent, Secretary Clinton became the first U.S. Secretary of State to visit Malawi, swore in a new class of Peace Corps volunteers in Senegal, and visited with former South African President Nelson Mandela. Her stops in sub-Saharan Africa along the way included Senegal, South Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, and Benin. View a gallery of Secretary Clinton’s tour through Africa.
So where are the girls now? One has been found.