Senators Introduce Resolution Condemning Abduction of Nigerian Schoolgirls
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Several U.S. Senators introduced a bipartisan resolution condemning the abduction of hundreds of schoolgirls in Nigeria by terrorist group Boko Haram earlier today.

“Attacking and abducting young women simply for going to school is despicable and must never be tolerated,” California Senator Barbara Boxer said. “The international community must make clear that all children deserve the chance to pursue an education without fear and that those responsible for these heinous crimes will be held accountable.”

It is now estimated that more than 300 girls (ages 16-18) were abducted from the boarding school on April 14. Since then 53 have managed to escape. Regional reports say that those still missing are likely being sold as brides to Islamic militants at $12 each.

In addition to condemning the kidnappers involved, the resolution also urges the U.S. to assist in efforts to rescue them and encourage the government to “strengthen efforts to protect the ability of children to obtain an education and to hold those who conduct such violent attacks accountable.”  

Other senators behind the bipartisan resoultion include Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chris Coons (D-DE) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ). Click here to read the full resolution.

Rallies in New York City, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. are set to take place this weekend to raise awareness. You can also keep up with the conversation on social media by following the #BringBackOurGirls hashtag.