Obiageli Ezekwesili, co-founder of the Bring Back Our Girls campaign, has written a column for The Globe and Mail on the two-year anniversary of the abduction of 276 schoolgirls in Chibok, Nigeria, in which she calls on people around the world to remember the 219 girls who weren’t lucky enough to escape and were torn from their families and remain in captivity. They are “global citizens,” Ezekwesili reminds readers. She excoriates the previous Nigerian government for botching the rescue strategy from the outset of the ordeal, adding that governments around the world should continue pitching in with the effort to free the girls — even if Nigeria’s previous government was “frustrating” and “disappointing” to collaborate with.
“Getting the girls out of the grips of terrorists requires prioritized, sophisticated and sustained rescue operations of the kind that only governments can provide,” Ezekwesili wrote in the column. “The intelligence assets of the world must now be reactivated for our ChibokGirls.”
Ezekwesili praised the girls’ pursuit of an education and lamented the dark turn their collective future took two years ago. “Our ChibokGirls chose knowledge, believing in the benefits that learning promised for them and their families,” she wrote. “They must not be abandoned by a world that seems to have quickly moved on after raising a sign of sympathy and hope for them.”
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Read her full column at The Globe and Mail.