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Gordon Brown hails release of Nigerian girls

Posted: Apr 29, 2015 at 7:59 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

\ Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has welcomed the release of 200 girls from the captivity of Boko Haram in Nigeria and called for the immediate release of all abducted girls.

Brown, who is the UN special envoy for global education, will hold talks with Nigeria’s president-elect Muhammadu Buhari, tomorrow to discuss the issue.

Nigeria’s military began a mass rescue of 200 girls and 93 women from the Sambisa forest in North East on April 28, 2015..

The army said  that it remained to be seen if any were among the 219 who are still missing more than a year after being snatched from a boarding school in Chibok, a town in \North East Nigeria.

Brown said: “It is time to end the nightmare.

“For a year families have not known whether their daughters are dead or alive, married off, sold off or violated as a result of their captivity.

“Now that some girls have been released, we want all girls released. We want them home with their families in days – not months or years.”

Amnesty International said this month that at least 2,000 women and girls have been abducted by Boko Haram since the start of 2014 and many have been forced into sexual slavery and trained to fight.

Brown said he will also offer help for safe schools which allow girls to participate in education, free of fear.