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Girls' Brigade prayers for abducted Nigeria schoolgirls one year on

by Hannah Tooley

The girls were kidnapped when the Islamist militant group Boko Haram attacked their secondary school in the town of Chibok on the 14th April 2014, 219 remain missing.

Dr Claire Rush, Participation & Advocacy Co-ordinator, Girls' Brigade told Premier that "hope is an action" and that the organisation has continued its 'Cards of Hope' initiative to raise awareness about the missing girls.

Girls' Brigade 'Cards of Hope' initiative has seen hundreds of cards filled with messages sent to the Prime Minister and Foreign Office, with the Council of Europe and the UN next on the organisation's target list.

"The night before they were kidnapped they were in their secondary school, the province that they were in is very dangerous and they had been sent home a couple of weeks before - but they had returned because they were going to sit an examination the next day, so they came back to school," said Dr Rush speaking to Premier.

"They had dreams about being doctors, about being lawyers, they cared about their education.

"It's devastating that this terrorist group could come in and just snatch them away to make a political statement.

"And in fact it raises issues about the safety of schools in Africa and across the world, the school didn't have any electricity, so when the terrorists came and got them they actually thought that they were soldiers coming to take them to a safe place," she added.

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