The White House has announced that it is ready to send a team to assist in finding the nearly 300 girls that were abducted in Nigeria by Boko Haram, a radical Islamic group. Jay Carney has said that Secretary of State John Kerry reiterated that commitment to the Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, in a call this morning. Carney urged the Nigerian government to use all of the resources at its disposal to free the girls, saying that “time is of the essence” in this situation.
The girls were taken when a group of men showed up at their school and forced them out of their beds into the back of trucks. The girls were missing for two weeks, when yesterday, the leader of Boko Haram, announced that he would sell the girls, as ordered by “Allah.” According to an intermediary involved with the group, 2 of the girls have died from snake bites and 20 of them have fallen ill because of their conditions.
The Nigerian military has been unable to find them and yesterday, it was announced that women protesting to find the girls in Nigeria were arrested at the order of the Nigerian president’s wife. The president, Goodluck Jonathan, has vowed he will do everything he can to return the girls to their home, although there has been no luck on behalf of the Nigerian government or military to locate the girls and their captors.
Boko Haram, which means “Western education is sinful ” is a radical Islamic group. In the leader’s video that was posted online on Monday, the leader announced that they should not be focused on education, but rather should be worried about finding a husband and getting married.