UN official to support Nigeria's struggle to find abducted schoolgirls

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Mark Garten

A senior United Nations representative will be going to Nigeria to discuss how the UN can support the country's "internal challenges", as it struggles to find more than 230 abducted schoolgirls.

The proposal came from the UN Secretary-General on Thursday during a phone call with Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan.

President Jonathan backed the idea after briefing Ban Ki-moon on the current state of the search for the abducted girls.

The girls were abducted from their school by the militant group Boko Haram in northern Nigeria on the night of 14 April.

Close to one month later, eight more girls were taken from the same area. In a statement earlier on Thursday, Mr Ban said he "shares the anguish" of the families of the girls at this traumatic time.

He also reiterated that the targeting of children and schools is against international law and cannot be justified under any circumstances.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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