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    Posted April 14, 2015 by
    Federal Capital Territory, Nigeria

    Chibok Girls Abduction One Year Later: European Union Delegation in Nigeria Remembers


    Today, April 14, 2015 marks the 1-year anniversary of the abduction of 276 girls from the Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok in Borno State, north-east Nigeria by Boko Haram insurgents. Some 57 girls were able to escape on the night of the abductions or shortly after, but 219 remain in captivity with their whereabouts unknown.


    To commemorate this sad event, Mr. Michel Arrion, the Ambassador, European Union Delegation to the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Economic Community of West African States, staff and some staff family members observed a 1-minute silence in memory of those who had lost their lives as a result of the insurgency, wearing t-shirts that highlighted the number of days that have passed since the abduction, and the need to ensure that no child in the north-east of Nigeria is left out of school as a result of the insurgency. The insurgency in the north-east of Nigeria has displaced almost a million Nigerians, left thousands dead or missing, and thousands of children and young people out of school for months.

    The t-shirts were produced by the non-governmental organisation, Education Must Continue Initiative (http://emcinitiative.org/) and used by staff of the European Union Delegation to raise funds for projects being implemented by Education Must Continue Initiative including support to 10 Chibok escapee girls currently schooling in the United States of America; the running of schools in a number of internally displaced persons camps in the north-east of Nigeria; and for relocating students from the north-east to safe locations in other parts of Nigeria to continue their education.

    Meanwhile, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, Ms. Federica Mogherini today issued a statement on the 1-year anniversary of the abduction. She said:


    "A year has passed since 287 school girls from Chibok, in north-eastern  Nigeria, were abducted by Boko Haram. Though some girls escaped, others have  since been taken and more than 300 girls are still missing.


    We express our solidarity with the plight of the families and with the 'Bring  Back Our Girls' campaign.


    All efforts must continue to be made to rescue and reunite the girls with  their families, and bring the perpetrators of this terrible act to account.


    The EU remains ready to assist the Government of Nigeria, including the newly  elected President and local authorities, as well as others in the region in  their fight against Boko Haram and all forms of terrorism and criminality."


    Also, Mr. Neven Mimica, European Union Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development has underlined that the European Union hasn't forgotten the girls. In a statement issued today, he said that he stood "with many others today in making sure that these girls, together with all the victims of Boko Haram’s continued violence and kidnappings, are not forgotten. They must be released and those responsible must be brought to justice; deliberate attacks on schools must stop."

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