#Bringbackourgirls: Addressing the Threat of Boko Haram, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on African Affairs of the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, Second Session, May 15, 2014   [open pdf - 301KB]

This is the May 15, 2014 hearing on the "#Bringbackourgirls: Addressing the Threat of Boko Haram," held before the Subcommittee on African Affairs of the Committee on Foreign Relations. From the opening statement of Christopher A. Coons: "Exactly 1 month ago today, extremists in northern Nigeria abducted nearly 300 schoolgirls in an unconscionable act of terror. The leaders of the group responsible, Boko Haram, are selling the girls into marriages, forcibly converting them to Islam, and using them as a bargaining chip in negotiations with the Nigerian Government. It is believed the girls are today being held in a dense tropical forest area roughly the size of West Virginia that straddles a porous and ungoverned border with three countries. Despite being forewarned of a possible attack, reports indicate the local and central government did nothing to protect them when told an attack was imminent. Parents should not have to be afraid to send their children to school, no child should live through the horror these girls have experienced, and no family should have to confront these threats alone. Unfortunately, these are not the only families who have suffered at the hands of Boko Haram. The same day as these abductions, 75 more people were killed and 100 wounded in a bombing at a bus station in the Nigerian capital city of Abuja. More than 300 people were murdered during a Boko Haram attack in Gamboru just last week. According to Amnesty International, Boko Haram has killed more than 4,000 over the last 3 years, including 1,500 people in the last year alone."

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S. Hrg. 113-628; Senate Hearing 113-628
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