Published On: Tue, Jul 22nd, 2014 on 4:13 pm

Bradford vigil to mark 100 days since Nigerian schoolgirls were abducted

Bradford Nigerian Schoolgirl Vigil

A vigil will be held tomorrow to mark 100 days since militant group Boko Haram kidnapped over 200 schoolgirls in Nigeria.

Organised through the Bradford Women for Peace Network, a peaceful vigil will be held in solidarity with the Nigerian community, prayers for the kidnapped and their families, and a call for world leaders to take action.

Almost 300 schoolgirls, who were taken from their school in Chibok on 15 April, remain in captivity.

Organiser of the vigil, Uzma Kazi, told the Yorkshire Standard: “Over the last three months there have been various videos released showing girls forced to change religion, threats being made to sell the girls as brides in the markets, mothers and fathers anxiously await the return and rescue, yet there has been limited intervention from the Nigerian government.

“Over 200 girls are kidnapped, and still no action has been taken?”

Boko Haram’s insurgency, the group behind the kidnappings, has killed thousands since 2009 in murders, bombings and massacres.

When Boko Haram militants kidnapped the schoolgirls, their actions brought worldwide attention and a campaign named ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ was launched.

Ms Kazi, who has worked with young girls in Bradford, said: “The girls were kidnapped from their schools, their books burnt and livelihoods destroyed.

“So as well as marking the 100 days specifically in relation to the Nigerian schoolgirls, we want to reinforce the simple message that education is a right for all.”

The vigil will take place on 23 July at Northgate (in the Square) from 1:30pm to 2:30pm. Attendees have also been invited to wear red, bring a book, pencil or artwork.

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Hasan Faridi

- Hasan is the founder and editor-in chief of the Yorkshire Standard. A BA Hons graduate from the University of Huddersfield, he has over four years of experience in newspapers, magazines and radio.

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