NIGERIAN SCHOOLGIRLS’ ABDUCTION ‘A HEINOUS EXAMPLE OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE’

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LONDON: Boko Haram’s abduction of hundreds of schoolgirls is a “heinous example of the scourge of sexual violence,” Nigeria and its neighbors said on Thursday as they reaffirmed their commitment to defeating the militant group. Representatives from Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Benin gathered in London to discuss progress on an action plan agreed last month in Paris, when their countries pledged to “declare war” on the Islamic insurgency.

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They met on the sidelines of a global summit on combating sexual violence in conflict, co-hosted by British Foreign Secretary Hague and Hollywood star Angelina Jolie, which they said was directly related to the schoolgirls’ plight. “The abduction of the Chibok schoolgirls was a heinous example of the scourge of sexual violence, which we are determined to eliminate around the world,” they said in a communique.

AFP

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