Mar 9, 2012, 2:31 PM
“We are extremely concerned that about 230 young girls aged between16-18 were taken from their school” in Nigeria, the office of the AU Commission on special envoy for women, peace and security said on Monday.
The AU called on the Nigerian government, regional organizations such as ECOWAS and the international community to join forces to urgently and decisively act to bring the children home to their families, and protect them from further danger.
Attacks against the liberty of children and targeting schools are prohibited under international law and cannot be justified under any circumstance, the AU declared.
“Schools are and must remain places of safety and security, where children can learn and grow in peace. Girls and young women must be allowed to go to school without fear of violence and unjust treatment and exercise their rightful role as equal citizens of the world.”
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