Never forget girls kidnapped in Nigeria one year ago, says UN chief

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Nigo, a 14-year-old girl from Nigeria, was abducted by Boko Haram in November. After she escaped to Niger, she received support from a UNFPA-supported programme. © UNFPA Niger/Souleymane Saddi Maazou

The global community must never forget the girls who were kidnapped in Chibok, Nigeria, the UN Secretary-General said on Tuesday, one year after their abduction.

In a statement, Ban Ki-moon said he will not stop calling for the girls' immediate release and safe return to their families.

Cathrine Hasselberg reports.

One year ago, over 276 girls were abducted from their school in Chibok, north-eastern Nigeria by the Boko Haram terrorist group.

While some of the girls escaped, the fate of many remains unknown.

The UN chief said that over the past 12 months, Boko Haram has intensified its brutal attacks on boys and girls in Nigeria and neighbouring countries.

Stephane Dujarric is Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General.

"Hundreds of thousands of children have been displaced from their homes, and deprived of their rights to live and grow up in safety, dignity and peace. Boko Haram's killing, abduction and recruitment of children, including the use of girls as "suicide bombers", is abhorrent."

Ban Ki-moon has said that "going to school should not have to be an act of bravery."

He said children must be allowed to live in peace and enjoy their right to a safe education.

Cathrine Hasselberg, United Nations.

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