Frustration grows as Nigeria fails kidnapped school girls

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There are news reports claiming two of the schoolgirls kidnapped by the terrorist group Boku Haram have died of snake bites in the jungles where they are being hidden.

Another 20 are said to have fallen ill. The Associated Press, quoting an intermediary who is attempting to negotiate ransoms for the girls, also said the girls have been forced to convert to Islam. The man, an Islamic scholar, spoke on condition of anonymity because his position is sensitive.

Nigeria’s police now confirm over 300 girls were abducted. Of that number, 276 remain in captivity and 53 escaped.

Protesters are inflamed by what they say is a lack of response to the abductions. Demonstrations were held in Africa and Europe critical of the international response. But as frustrations grow, what individuals can do still remains unclear.

Nigerian born international policy strategist Ozioma Egwuonwu offered suggestions on things you can do to make your voice heard.

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