NAIROBI, KENYA — More than 100 girls remain missing three days after being attacked by suspected Boko Haram extremists in northern Nigeria. This attack on a school in Dapchi is frighteningly similar to the mass abduction of students from Chibok that ignited international condemnation back in 2014.
Statement from Latanya Mapp Frett, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Global:
“We are devastated to learn of this latest attack on school girls in Dapchi. Schools are supposed to be safe spaces where children can learn and grow. I can’t help but think of the 276 girls kidnapped in Chibok four years ago. These girls endured unspeakable horrors including repeated rapes with the goal of forced pregnancy. Over 100 girls abducted in Chibok remain captive, and over 100 girls remain missing from the attack in Dapchi, and I am horrified to think about what they could be facing. We cannot forget these girls and must double down on our support for programs and policies that advance the health, rights, and empowerment of women and girls everywhere.”
Around the world, women and girls are routinely targeted for violence and sexual exploitation. The State Department’s reported censorship of women’s health and rights in its forthcoming annual human rights report only serves to further obfuscate or even downplay attacks on women and girls. All governments must uphold the rights of women and girls, especially in the face of violent attacks like this.
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