Counselling support pledged to abducted Nigerian schoolgirls

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The search for the abducted girls continues in Nigeria

Counselling support has been pledged by the United Nations to the Nigerian girls who have been kidnapped in the north of the West African country.

The search is continuing for more than 230 schoolgirls who were abducted by the outlawed Boko Haram militant group almost one month ago.

The Head of the UN Office for West Africa, Said Djinnit, has arrived in  Abuja where he is holding meetings with President Goodluck Jonathan and other senior government officials.

The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon said the UN is committed to providing support for the girls.

"As we focus on rescuing the girls, we must help those who managed to escape.   With counselling and sexual violence services, we can supplement the support of their families and communities. The United Nations is strongly committed to helping Nigeria address this situation and other internal challenges.

Mr Ban said the threat posed by Boko Haram was not an isolated issue and required the international community to strengthen counter-terrorism measures and efforts against piracy, human trafficking and the illicit drug trade.

He said in a region with porous borders, regional cooperation needs to be strengthened.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations


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