"Complicated and challenging" job to liberate Nigeria's abducted girls

Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict Leila Zerrougui (centre), meets displaced children and their families in northeastern Nigeria, in January 2015. Photo: UN

Any military operation to free more than 200 girls abducted by the terrorist group Boko Haram would be "complicated and challenging" and could end in "disaster".

That's one major concern being raised by the UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, on the second anniversary of the capture of the girls from Chibok.

276 girls were abducted by Boko Haram in the northeast of Nigeria, and although 57 escaped soon after, there are still 219 being held.

Leila Zerrougui said that any military attempt to liberate them, would have to be done extremely carefully to avoid a tragedy.

She spoke to Cristina Silveiro.

Duration: 5'19"

 

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