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Nigerians demand release of 200 kidnapped schoolgirls

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 01:31

Six months after the abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls by Islamist militants, Nigerians protest near the president's home. Vanessa Johnston reports.

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It's been six months since more than 200 schoolgirls were abducted by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram in Nigeria. And these protesters are still outraged. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BRING BACK OUR GIRLS CAMPAIGNER, VERONICA CAAMBA, SAYING: "We are here to demand an immediate and urgent return of our girls. We are angry Nigerians, it has taken too long, it is 183 days today." Armed police officers are on-hand as dozens demonstrate near the home of President Goodluck Jonathan -- who's been criticized at home and abroad for responding too slowly to the kidnapping. His administration says the military is overstretched -- and that a botched rescue would seriously endanger the girls' lives. Nigeria's minister for water resources, Sarah Ochekpe, tries to calm the crowd. (SOUNDBITE) (English) NIGERIA'S MINISTER FOR WATER RESOURCES, SARAH OCHEKPE, SAYING: "Everybody has expressed themselves and we want to assure you that your messages would be relayed back to the president and we will also relay to other levels of authorities that have one responsibility or the other in this matter, because we know it is a matter that is dear to the heart of all Nigerians." Despite the reassurances, these protesters say they will not rest until the girls are returned home.

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Nigerians demand release of 200 kidnapped schoolgirls

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 01:31