Non governmental organisations and activists are planning events around the world to mark 100 days since the kidnapping of over 200 girls from their dormitories at a school by Boko Haram in Chibok, Borno State, Nigeria.
A joint military effort involving Nigerian, US and British forces to find the girls, believed to be hidden deep in the expansive Sambisa Forest, has so far failed to produce any results although some of the girls have since escaped captivity.
A social media campaign Bourne out of the incident has drawn international attention from Celebrities and governments to the plight of the girls and the growing insurgency of Boko Haram in the north eastern part of Nigeria.
As part of the events to keep the momentum up in the race to find the girls and bring them back alive, A world at school, part of Gordon Brown’s safe school initiative will be holding a vigil on Wednesday the 23rd of July in solidarity with the missing girls and their families as the world continues to hope and pray for their return.
A statement by the organisation reads, “July 23 will mark the 100th day since the horrific abduction of the girls of Chibok, 219 of whom are still
missing, held captive by Boko Haram. On this day we want to demonstrate the communal solidarity for the
girls and their families, maximise the visibility for the continued global concern for the girls, and the support
for everything that can be done to ensure their safe return.”
“Several vigils already planned will be supported by A World at School, its network of Global Youth Ambassadors and partner organisations including Walk Free, Bachpan Bachao Andolan, ITA Pakistan, and Rescue our Girls, and will be held in: Abuja, New Delhi, Los Angeles, 3 cities in Pakistan including Islamabad and Francophone Africa.”
The organisation is urging people to get involved by sending their own messages of support to the girls via the website with a promise that messages will be sent to the girls families and community elders in Chibok and also passed to UN secretary general Ban Ki Moon and President Goodluck Jonathan.
If you would like to show your support, please be at Hackney Town Hall today at 6pm where there will be a candle light vigil.