The international community is building pressure on the government of Nigeria to intensify efforts to locate the more than 250 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram.
Demonstrations in Washington DC brought the sense of outrage to the gates of the White House. Within the president’s residence First Lady Michelle Obama delivered her husband’s weekly radio address to speak specifically about the abductions: “Let us all pray for their safe return, let us hold their families in our hearts at this very difficult time and let us show just a fraction of their courage in fighting to give every girl on this planet the education that is their birthright,” said the First Lady:
The Nigerian army has refuted claims made by Amnesty International that it had four hours warning ahead of the raid on the school in Chibok, but did nothing.
Demonstrations in support of the families of the abducted and against the chaos in the north east of the country are continuing to
focus attention on the girls plight.
“We need more Nigerians to do more of this everywhere in the country, that’s the only way our voice will be heard. I think enough is enough, enough of the drama, enough of the Boko Haram, enough of the politics,” said one protestor:
International search and rescue teams are beginning to arrive in Nigeria as reports claim the investigation is now concentrated on a forest close to the border with Cameroon.