Today makes it exactly one year since some school girls, were kidnapped by Boko Haram, from Chibok town, Borno State. While some escaped, about 219 of them have not been found.
Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-North Brooklyn-Manhattan) announced yesterday, that the New York Empire State Building is set to be lit in red and purple this night, even as the world remembers the missing girls,
In her words,
“Tomorrow night, when you look up at the Empire State Building lit in red and purple, I hope that you will remember the innocent girls who were stolen from their school by Boko Haram,”
“They have spent the last year in horrific conditions, married off to their captors. Recent news reports have suggested that some of the girls may have been massacred, but we cannot give up hope. We must continue working to locate the Chibok girls and return them home to their families. We must also seek to bring these terrorists to justice so that other women cannot be hurt by their savage acts.”Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams said,
“I cannot think of any milestone I wanted to see less than the one year anniversary of the mass Nigerian school girl kidnapping,”
“It is a stain on our entire global community that…the Boko Haram terrorists who committed this unforgivable deed have yet to be brought to justice. It is every decent human being’s responsibility to do all they can such that we compel a reinvigorated international effort to reuniting these girls with their families.”
Today also, #BringBackOurGirls campaign is hosting the Global School Girl March in honor of the Chibok Girls. The march will begin at 6 p.m. with an Interfaith Vigil at the United Nations Church Center (Chapel) located at 777 United Nations Plaza. From there participants will march to the Nigerian Embassy.