On April 14, hundreds of school girls were abducted from the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok in north-eastern Nigeria by the Islamist armed group Boko Haram.
Now there are reports that the girls, mostly aged between 16 and 18, are being sold into sexual slavery or forced "marriage".
Nigerian authorities need to know that the world stands with the girls' families in demanding their immediate release. Their rights — and the rights of all of Nigeria's children — to education and to be protected from violence must be safeguarded.
The mothers of the abducted girls and their supporters have been marching on the nation's capital Abuja demanding action. Join your voice to theirs and sign our petition today!
I am writing to express my concern over the abduction of hundreds of school girls from the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, Nigeria.
I urge the Nigerian authorities to work to secure the safe release of the girls and to ensure that the perpetrators of this attack are brought to justice.
I also urge the Nigerian government to ensure that all children are able to access their right to education in safety, and to respect, protect and fulfill the human rights of all Nigerians without discrimination.
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