Source: Queens Gazette

Following news that Boko Haram released 82 of the more than 200 Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped more than three years ago, Congress Member Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) released the following statement:

“The horrific abduction of 276 innocent schoolgirls from their dormitories in Chibok, Nigeria in 2014 was devastating for their families and a direct attack on the fundamental rights of women and girls to pursue an education, to better themselves, and be equal members of society,” said Congress Member Maloney. “I was grateful that people around the world, from First Lady Michelle Obama to children in far flung corners of the globe took up the call to ‘Bring Back Our Girls.’ I am deeply relieved to learn that 82 of those captured can be reunited with their families.

“But there are still more than 100 girls being held captive by these terrorists. In its fight against global terror, the United States should bring every resource we can provide to help Nigeria locate and liberate the remaining girls, so they and their families can once again embrace. The terror group Boko Haram targeted these girls because they were pursuing an education – the very thing that can lift the living standards of all Nigerians. It was an attack on the very foundations of civilization itself. We all have a stake in the outcome.

“Combating Boko Haram is and should remain a national security priority. We must remain vigilant in fighting this enemy of human rights. So I respectfully urge President Trump to do whatever he can to bring back our girls.”

Background:

On April 14, 2014 at around 11:45 p.m. 276 schoolgirls were kidnapped from the Chibok Government Secondary School in Nigeria by Boko Haram terrorists. Several gunmen reportedly dressed in army camouflage stormed the school under the guise of protecting the students against an imminent insurgent attack. The gunmen claimed to be there to bring the girls to safe locations and ushered them into several vehicles. After the school was emptied the buildings were razed to the ground. On May 5, Abukakar Shekau, the leader of Boko Haram, released a video claiming responsibility for the abduction.

Since that time, Rep. Maloney has consistently called for international action to “Bring Back Our Girls,” and combat Boko Haram. In May 2015, Maloney sponsored an amendment, with House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Ed Royce (R-CA), to the National Defense Authorization Act to make clear that combating Boko Haram is in the national security interest of the United States and to call for the U.S. to support more training and regional advice for regional allies combating Boko Haram. The House adopted the amendment on May 15, 2015.