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US preparing team to help Nigeria locate kidnapped girls

Posted by on May. 6, 2014 at 11:08 PM
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The White House said Tuesday the U.S. is preparing to send a team to Nigeria to help the government search for nearly 300 schoolgirls abducted more than three weeks ago by Islamic militants. 

The team would likely include military personnel, law enforcement personnel and others with experience in intelligence, investigations, hostage negotiation and victims' assistance, White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters. 

"Time is of the essence," he said, stressing that the kidnappings happened 22 days ago. "Appropriate action must be taken to locate and to free these young women before they are trafficked or killed." 

Carney said that Secretary of State John Kerry spoke earlier Tuesday with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, who "welcomed" the secretary's offer to send a team to discuss assistance. 

"The president was very happy to receive this offer and ready to move on it immediately," Kerry told reporters at a State Department news conference with European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton. "We are immediately engaging in order to implement this. We remain deeply concerned about the welfare of these young girls." 

It's unclear how soon a team of military and law enforcement personnel might be deployed. 

Carney urged the Nigerian government to ensure that it is using all available resources to ensure the safe return of the girls. 

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Kerry and Jonathan discussed the "interdisciplinary team" on their phone call on Tuesday. 

"It would include U.S. military personnel, law enforcement officials with expertise in investigations and hostage negotiations as well as officials with expertise in other areas that may be helpful to the Nigerian government in its response," she said. 

The development comes as Boko Haram, the group of militants responsible for last month's mass kidnapping, seized eight more girls on Monday. 

In a video message apparently made by the leader of Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau claimed responsibility for the schoolgirl kidnappings three weeks ago. In the video, he called the girls slaves and threatened to "sell them in the market, by Allah." 

In the 57-minute video, Shekau said "western education should end." He also said he threatened to "give their hands in marriage because they are our slaves. We would marry them out at the age of 9. We would marry them out at the age of 12." 

The kidnappings have sparked anti-government protests in Nigeria and been a source of international embarrassment for the country's president, who has been unable to rescue any of the taken teens. 

Of the nearly 300 girls who were abducted, 276 remain in captivity, while 53 managed to escape on their own. 

Earlier this year, Boko Haram kidnapped and slaughtered more than 50 teenage boys at a government school in northern Nigeria. Some of the boys were burned alive. 

Shekau said in the video his group also plans to attack more schools and abduct more girls. 

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MrsDavidB25
by Stacey on May. 6, 2014 at 11:09 PM

 I really hope they find these girls.

chrlstoncharmed
by Melissa on May. 6, 2014 at 11:12 PM
Me, too. Hearing about this literally makes me feel ill.

Quoting MrsDavidB25:

 I really hope they find these girls.

Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 on May. 6, 2014 at 11:15 PM
I'm glad we are helping! I feel so awful for these girls and their mothers that have been trying so hard with the little resources they have to get their girls back.
Shame on the Nigerian government that would have swept this under the rug if it wasn't for social media and pressure from other countries!
SlapItHigh
by Gold Member on May. 6, 2014 at 11:20 PM

Prayers that these girls are able to come home!

Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on May. 6, 2014 at 11:21 PM
im sorry, but 3 weeks have pasted already and NOW they decide to do something about it!? these girls have likely been tortured and sexually assaulted not to mention what kind of mental abuse they may have sustained. the people who took them have pretty much been left to do what they please and NO ONE has even tried to stop them until now. its only been because of the huge outcry that anyone is even doing something. WHY!????????? this is why I firmly believe that religion should be done way with, it is because of it that the worst in the world has happened again and again. we have learned nothing. I hope all these girls are found, but from the sound of things the likelihood of that is slim... too much time has past and too little has been done to prevent it from continuing.
cocoroo
by Coco on May. 6, 2014 at 11:27 PM

I hope those girls are found.  I am sad and disgusted by the entire thing.

cjsix
by Bronze Member on May. 7, 2014 at 1:19 AM

This is what was on my fb newsfeed tonight. Pray for these girls and their families and for all of the girls in this region,they are all in danger of this happening. It breaks my heart to think of what they may be going through.

THIS IS EVIL IN RARE FORM, EMERGENCY PRAYERS NEEDED!

Boko Haram Threatens to Kidnap More Young Women

Three weeks after kidnapping hundreds of girls from a school in northern Nigeria, the terrorist group Boko Haram is threatening to attack more schools and abduct more young women.

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"There is a market for selling humans," Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau said Monday in a video obtained by Agence France-Presse. "Allah says I should sell. He commands me to sell. I will sell women. I sell women." http://mycbn.com/go/12092

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THIS IS EVIL IN RARE FORM, EMERGENCY PRAYERS NEEDED!

Boko Haram Threatens to Kidnap More Young Women

Three weeks after kidnapping hundreds of girls from a school in northern Nigeria, the terrorist group Boko Haram is threatening to attack more schools and abduct more young women.

"There is a market for selling humans," Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau said Monday in a video obtained by Agence France-Presse. "Allah says I should sell. He commands me to sell. I will sell women. I sell women." http://mycbn.com/go/12092


anchorgurl
by Silver Member on May. 7, 2014 at 5:01 AM

 Me, too.

Quoting MrsDavidB25:

 I really hope they find these girls.

 

darbyakeep45
by Darby on May. 7, 2014 at 6:14 AM

Wow...I'm just now hearing about this.  So sad.  Hope they find them!

chrlstoncharmed
by Melissa on May. 7, 2014 at 10:07 AM
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Yeah, I never even heard the story on the news until just recently. I guess everyone was too busy worrying about and reporting on a missing plane. This is a desperate situation that should have received non-stop, worldwide attention immediately. 

... and I agree about religion. It's a terribly divisive social institution. I honestly don't see the good in it at all. 

Quoting Anonymous: im sorry, but 3 weeks have pasted already and NOW they decide to do something about it!? these girls have likely been tortured and sexually assaulted not to mention what kind of mental abuse they may have sustained. the people who took them have pretty much been left to do what they please and NO ONE has even tried to stop them until now. its only been because of the huge outcry that anyone is even doing something. WHY!????????? this is why I firmly believe that religion should be done way with, it is because of it that the worst in the world has happened again and again. we have learned nothing. I hope all these girls are found, but from the sound of things the likelihood of that is slim... too much time has past and too little has been done to prevent it from continuing.


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