Today is 800 days after our #ChibokGirls were abducted by Boko Haram. While 276 were originally abducted, 57 were able to escape from the brutal insurgents. One recently returned. 218 remain in captivity.
Thousands of other women and girls have been similarly abducted.
All Boko Haram abductees must be rescued. They must be reunited with their families. Long-term, culturally appropriate psychosocial care must be provided for them, their families and communities.
Whether it was in NYC as above,
Or under torrential rain in Lagos, Nigeria as above,
Or at the 6 month mark at the Nigerian Permanent Mission to the UN and Consulate in NYC,
Or at the one-year mark, when the Empire State Building was lit to commemorate our #ChibokGirls abduction and signal our call to end all forms of Gender based violence,
Or at the 500 Day Mark, when we were joined by Aisha Muhammed Oyebode, CEO of the Murtala Muhammed Foundation, and staunch coordinator of the Lagos, Nigeria Bring Back Our Girls Coalition; and others from Nigeria at the Interfaith Prayer Service at Tillman Chapel, Church Center, United Nations,
Or again, at the 6 month mark, when Alicia Keys joined us for a rally at the Nigerian Permanent Mission to the UN and Consulate in NYC,
Our call remains the same: #BringBackOurGirls! Our hope remains strong that our girls and all Nigerian women and children abducted by Boko Haram would be rescued sooner rather than later. We say to the Nigerian government and the international community: They must be reunited with their families. Long-term, culturally appropriate psychosocial care must be provided for them, their families and communities.