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    UN Experts Call on Nigerian Government to Rescue Girls Kidnapped By Boko Haram

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    UN human rights experts have called on the Nigerian government to rescue the 195 girls that had been kidnapped by Boko Haram extremist group, a Daesh's offshoot in Africa.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Ahead of the third anniversary of the abduction of almost 300 children in Nigeria by Boko Haram, a group that claimed allegiance to Daesh terrorist organization (outlawed in Russia), a number of UN human rights experts have made a new appeal to the Nigerian Government to take all measures necessary to rescue the 195 girls still missing.

    "As more and more time passes there is a risk that the fate of the remaining girls will be forgotten. We cannot allow this to happen. There must be more that the Government of Nigeria, with the support of the international community, can do to locate and rescue them. Their continued captivity is a source of immense pain for their families and communities, and is simply unacceptable," the statement said.

    In April 2014, 276 female students were abducted by Boko Haram from a government secondary school in the eastern Nigerian town of Chibok. Of those kidnapped, 57 escaped over the first few months and 24 were either released or found over the next three years. A total of 195 girls are still missing.

    "It is also vital to remember that release is just the first step that the Chibok girls and others captured by Boko Haram must take in order to start rebuilding their lives. Rehabilitation and reintegration is not easy and we must ensure that all those rescued are provided with all necessary support. This must include working with the communities and securing access to justice," the statement of the UN experts read.

    Boko Haram is a militant Islamist group which began large-scale attacks in northeastern Nigeria in 2009. In 2011, the group carried out a bombing of the UN office in Abuja, an incident which claimed 21 lives and left over 70 people injured. In 2015, Boko Haram pledged its allegiance to IS, thus expanding its attacks into neighboring Niger, Cameroon and Chad.


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