Boko Haram School Girls Kidnapping Atrocious says Bishop Malzaire
The recent kidnapping of over 300 school girls in Nigeria by Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram, has been described as atrocious by Bishop of Roseau, His Lordship Gabriel Malzaire.
In an interview with SAT TV on Wednesday May 21st 2014, Malzaire stated, the reason for the kidnapping that, women should not have an education based on Islamist rights is very unfortunate.
“We are to understand it comes from a particular philosophy from an extremist group who hold that opinion, and from our point of view we see it as an atrocity and we need to have an approach to sympathize with the families and the victims of the kidnapping,” Malzaire noted.
One month after the armed group Boko Haram kidnapped the girls from a boarding school in Chibok, Nigeria, the missing schoolgirls are yet to be found.
Five years of Boko Haram attacks in northeast Nigeria have severely hampered access to education in the region and, despite promises by the government to secure schools, attacks and killings continue.
More than 10.5 million children are out of the education system, and only four percent of girls in northern Nigeria complete secondary school.
Between the beginning of 2012 and October 2013, at least 70 teachers and more than 100 students have been killed or wounded in northern Nigeria and thousands of children forced out of schools.
The Bishop says, this situation highlights the need for us to keep promoting equality in society and the value of the dignity of persons.
He hopes that the terrorist group will realize what they did was wrong and will release the girls.
The Bishop is also urging Dominicans to pray for the girls and their families.